Is your family at risk for lead poisoning? Any amount of lead in the blood is considered dangerous. Too much lead is considered “lead poisoning.”
Lead is a heavy metal that is not normally found in our bodies. When lead does get into our bloodstream, it can cause serious, long-term health problems, such as brain, kidney, and liver damage.
Lead can be digested or breathed in through dust. If a mother has lead in her bloodstream, she can also pass the lead to her baby during pregnancy.
You can protect yourself and your family from potential sources of lead exposure — and possible lead poisoning — by following these 10 tips:
- Get to know more about lead.
- Know who is at risk for lead poisoning.
- Eat healthy foods to protect against lead poisoning
- Drink lead-free water.
- Maintain your home and take precautions when remodeling your home.
- Stay mindful when gardening or working with soil near busy streets.
- Avoid using lead-based products and don’t allow items in your home that you know contain lead.
- Engage in healthy habits and activities that minimize children’s exposure to lead.
- Know the risks of lead exposure when hunting or fishing.
- Be proactive and get you and your family tested for lead poisoning if you are at risk.