Lead Safety and Healthy Homes Program
Preventing Childhood Lead Poisoning
Make sure your home does not expose children to lead. Keep children
away from cracked, peeling, and chalking paint.
- Repair these conditions using safe work practices as soon as possible.
View this 15-minute "Keys
to Lead Safety" video or take an 8-hour
training course in Lead Safe Work Practices.
- Hire only EPA Certified Contractors when doing home renovations
in pre-1978 structures. Contractors who perform home improvement activities
in housing built prior to 1978 are required to be certified in accordance
with the EPA
Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) rule.
- Visit the
U.S. EPA to locate an EPA Certified Firm in your area. EPA Certified
Contractors are required to provide you a copy of the EPA booklet
- If you plan on doing your own home renovation, first learn how to
do the work correctly so you don't contaminate yourself or your household.
Download a free copy of "Don't Spread Lead" in English,
- Inspect regularly for moisture intrusion and paint damage. The source
of the lead-paint hazard, such as leaks and moisture intrusion, must
be fixed before the paint hazard can be fixed.
- Become trained to fix lead hazards
safely or have a friend or family member get trained to help you fix
Wet-dust and clean floors and window sills regularly with a solution
of water and detergent.
Wash hands frequently with soap, especially before eating.
- Wash children's toys frequently, because
invisible lead dust may be present on them.
- Teach children to keep non-food items out of their mouths.
Make sure the candy that your family eats is lead-free. The candies
shown on this page are high in lead. Do not eat imported candies,
especially tamarind and chili-based candies from Mexico unless you
know they are safe. Visit the California
Department of Public Health Service Food and Drug Branch for an
alphabetical list of candies that have been identified as containing
Nutrients can help prevent the absorption of lead that is ingested.
Provide children a well-balanced diet, low in fat and high in iron,
calcium, zinc and vitamin C.
Do NOT cook, serve, or store food in opened cans, in dishes or pottery
that contain lead, including water dispensers or in leaded crystal.
Learn more about traditional pottery at the FDA