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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Protect Against Lead Exposure

By Heather Lee, Educational Resource Development and Support Manager

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:

  1. Get to know more about lead.
  2. Know who is at risk for lead poisoning.
  3. Eat healthy foods to protect against lead poisoning
  4. Drink lead-free water.
  5. Maintain your home and take precautions when remodeling your home.
  6. Stay mindful when gardening or working with soil near busy streets.
  7. Avoid using lead-based products and don’t allow items in your home that you know contain lead.
  8. Engage in healthy habits and activities that minimize children’s exposure to lead.
  9. Know the risks of lead exposure when hunting or fishing.
  10. Be proactive and get you and your family tested for lead poisoning if you are at risk.
For more information on protecting yourself and your family against lead exposure, see the article and resources listed on the Protect Against Lead web page.

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