Lead poisoning: Safety checklist

Have you tested and repaired all walls and furniture that have chipping paint?

Have you checked wall paint for lead by using a home detection kit, especially if you live in a house built before 1950? Of all houses constructed before 1980, 74 percent used some lead-based paint.

Have you removed vinyl miniblinds that were imported from China, Taiwan, Mexico or Indonesia? Only purchase vinyl blinds that are labeled lead-free.

Have you had a laboratory test your dishware (ceramic and china) if:

it has been handed down through the generations?

it is homemade china, unless you know the manufacturer uses a lead-free glaze?

decorations are on top of the glaze instead of beneath?

decorations show signs of deterioration?

If you buy items of unknown origin (such as a painted toddler bed) from garage sales, do you check them with a home lead-detector test before use?

Do you let your water run for one minute before use to get any potential lead out?

Have you tested your drinking water for lead? Lead pipes were frequently used in homes built before 1920 and can still be found in homes built as late as 1986.

Have you tested your soil for lead, particularly if you live on a busy roadside that may be contaminated with lead-based gasoline emitted by cars?

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