How to Avoid Lead Exposure
How do you know if you or your children are at risk for lead exposure?
Are there signs you should look for? If so, what are they?
Is there anything you can do to prevent lead exposure?
Lead exposure can be a serious health issue. When you’re knowledgeable, you can do a better job of keeping you and your family safe.
What are the top three things you should think about when dealing with lead?
#1: Be aware of lead sources
Dust and chips from old paint are the leading sources of lead poisoning, but there are many other sources of lead, including soil, drinking water, air, children’s toys/jewelry, imported food/candy, imported canned food, and many more. If you want to know more about different sources of lead, check these helpful websites:
#2: Know who is most susceptible, and what can happen when they’re affected.
Who is most susceptible to lead exposure and lead poisoning? Typically, it’s children under the age of six. Kids are always grabbing objects and putting them in their mouths, potentially exposing them to materials that may be covered in or contaminated by lead. Exposure is generally more dangerous for them because their bodies are developing and are most vulnerable in this age range.
#3: Take precautions to prevent exposure
Prevention is better than a cure when it comes to lead. Taking precautions is crucial to avoid lead exposure. Contact a nearby lead inspector. They will give you an accurate assessment and fill you in on the next steps to take depending on what they find.
Meanwhile, there are a couple things you can do to make your home and yard safer for your children. Make sure that they aren’t near any chipping or peeling paint. Have them wash their hands and toys regularly. Separate living and play areas from lead sources, mop your floors and wipe windows regularly, and avoid letting your kids play on bare soil … give them a sandbox with clean sand instead!
Lead exposure is dangerous, so if you’re concerned, it’s important to contact a lead inspector in your area to find out what to do. We’re located in Redding, CA and we serve the entire northern half of California. Give us a call today to request a quote or learn more about avoiding lead exposure!