Protecting You and Your Family
Do you suspect that your house has lead hazards? Take these steps to reduce your risk.
- Do you rent? Notify your landlord of peeling or chipping paint.
- Paint chips? Clean up and remove them immediately.
- Clean floors, window frames, window sills, and other surfaces weekly. Use a mop, sponge, or paper towel with warm water and a general all-purpose cleaner or a cleaner made specifically for lead.
- Do not mix ammonia with bleach as they will form a dangerous gas
- Rinse sponges and mop heads after cleaning dirty or dusty areas.
- Wash children's hands often, before they eat, nap time and bed time.
- Keep play areas clean. Wash bottles, pacifiers, toys, and stuffed animals regularly.
- Keep children from chewing window sills or other painted surfaces.
- Clean or remove shoes before entering your home to avoid tracking in lead from soil.
- Make sure children eat healthy and nutritious meals as recommended by the National Dietary Guidelines. Children with good diets absorb less lead.
- Reduce lead hazards. Repair damaged painted surfaces. Plant sod or grass to cover soil with high lead levels. These actions are not permanent solutions and will need ongoing attention.
- Permanently remove lead hazards. Hire a certified lead "abatement" contractor. Abatement methods include removing, sealing, or enclosing lead-based paint with special materials. Just painting over the hazard with regular paint is not enough.
- The hiring process. Hire a person with special training for correcting lead problems. They should know how to do this work safely with the proper equipment. Certified contractors will employ qualified workers and follow strict safety rules set by their state or the federal government.
- Contact the National Lead Information Center (NLIC) for help with locating certified contractors in your area and to see if financial assistance is available.