Are your kids safe from Lead poisoning? Lead has been used in a wide variety of products found in and around homes, including paint, pipes and toys. Exposure can lead to serious consequences for children. The Good News is that there are protective measures. The MSDH is reminding us what to look out for, and simple preventive steps that can be taken, from washing hands after playing outdoors to getting enough iron and vitamin C in their diets. Below see a list of tips, and for additional details click here: https://msdh.ms.gov/leadfree
7 Ways to Reduce Lead Risk
- Keep your child from eating paint chips, dust or dirt. Keep children away from window sills, steps and porches in old homes.
- If you rent, notify your landlord of peeling or chipping paint.
- Have your home checked for lead before you remodel. Do not scrape or sand lead-based paint.
- Clean floors, window frames, window sills and other surfaces weekly. Use a mop, sponge, or paper towel with warm water and an all-purpose cleaner. Discard sponge after use.
- Wash children’s hands often, especially before eating and after playing outside. Wash toys, pacifiers and bottles often.
- Clean or remove shoes before entering your home to avoid tracking in lead dust.
- Make sure children get a diet high in iron, calcium, and vitamin C and frequent meals throughout the day.