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  • Lead Prevention Tips

    Keep your young child safe.

    You can take steps to lower the chances of lead exposure in your home.

    • Keep children away from peeling paint and home repairs that disturb lead paint.
    • Inspect and maintain all painted surfaces. When old paint cracks and peels, it makes dangerous dust.
    • Frequently wash hands, toys, pacifiers, bottles and other items your child puts in their mouth.
    • Clean floors, windowsills, and dusty places often with wet mops and wet cloths.
    • Avoid using traditional remedies or cosmetics like greta, azarcon, kohl, or surma.
    • Avoid using imported cookware, pottery, dishware, and ceramics for food and drinks if you are unsure if it contains lead.
    • Avoid foods, spices, candies, children’s, toys and jewelry that contain lead.
    • Use cold water for drinking, cooking, and baby formula. Run water for at least 60 seconds before use.
    • Keep children away from work clothes and tools of household members who do construction work.
    • Wash work clothes separate from other laundry. Remove shoes and work clothes before you enter your home.

    Fight lead with nutrition.

    Good nutrition can reduce the health effects of lead. Choose snacks and meals high in Vitamin C, Calcium, and Iron to help limit the body’s absorption of lead.