Archive for Monday, September 23, 1996


September 23, 1996


In many cases lead-based paint that is in good condition is not a hazard. But removing lead-based paint improperly can increase the danger to your family. To minimize your family's exposure the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency suggests:

  • If you rent, notify your landlord of peeling or chipping paint.
  • Clean up paint chips immediately.
  • Clean floors, window frames, window sills, and other surfaces weekly. Use a mop or sponge with warm water and a general all-purpose cleaner or a cleaner made specifically for lead.
  • Thoroughly rinse sponges and mop heads after cleaning dirty or dusty areas.
  • Wash children's hands often, especially before they eat and before 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 nutritious, low-fat meals high in iron and calcium, such as spinach and low-fat dairy products. Children with good diets absorb less lead.
  • For more information about avoiding exposure to lead, testing for it or locating a qualified contractor to remove it, call (800) 424-LEAD.

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