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Have Your Children Tested for Lead

• This test is often free at local health clinics.

Find Out if Your Home Has Lead

• You may need to have your home or water tested. Your local or state health department can tell you how to do this for little or no cost. Many hardware stores also sell low-cost lead testing kits.

• Don't try to remove lead on your own. It should be done by trained and certified workers. You can find a certified lead paint removal company by contacting your local or state health department. Getting rid of lead in the wrong way can make the problem worse! Children and pregnant women need to stay away during a lead removal project.

Protect Your Children From Lead

• Wash children's hands and face often with soap and water, especially before they eat. Wash toys every week.

• Keep down lead-based paint dust with housekeeping. Wipe windowsills, floors, and other surfaces with paper towels, warm water and soap once a week. Rinse well.

Never sweep, vacuum, or dry dust in a room that has lead dust. You will not remove the harmful dust and can stir it up. This includes porches, which were often painted with lead paint.

Don't let children chew or put their mouths on windowsills. Keep cribs away from windowsills and walls.

If any remodeling is being done, be sure you find out if work is happening on something that contains lead-based paint. Never dry scrape or dry sand lead paint. Don't burn or torch it. Children and pregnant women should stay away while work takes place. Test dust for lead around the remodeling area afterwards.

If you have lead pipes or pipes joined with lead solder, you can take steps to cut down on the lead in your water:

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