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What can I do to make sure that my child is safe from lead?

Lead poisoning is 100% preventable. Follow these steps to make your home lead-safe:

  • If you have concerns about your child’s exposure to lead, talk to your child’s doctor about a simple blood lead test. CDC recommends blood lead testing at 1 and 2 years, with a particular focus on children living in communities with a lot of older housing (built before 1978) and high rates of poverty and children who are Medicaid-eligible. Children should also be tested if anyone in the household has a job/hobby that has frequent lead exposure such as battery manufacturing, gun repair, or stain glass. 
  • If your house has lead paint, renovate safely by hiring a certified lead renovation, repair, and painting (RRP) contractor.
  • Get the latest quality report from your community water system and decide if you want to test your water for lead by a certified laboratory.
  • Remove recalled toys and toy jewelry from children. Stay up-to-date on current toy and toy jewelry recalls by visiting the Consumer Product Safety Commission's website.