Lead – this toxic metal lurks in a wide variety of products that we would otherwise think were harmless. Repeated exposure over time from multiple sources could create a threat, especially to young children. Here are some of the most common and least expected ways we may be exposed to lead around the house:
- Paint. Let has been added to paint both what we used to paint our homes inside and out. The paint was also used in office schools in industrial buildings. Although The use of lead-based paint was banned in 1978, it’s still on walls and woodwork in many older homes and apartments.
- Household dust. Homes that have lead-based paint on the walls, doors, and window frames often have a little contaminated dust.
- Water pipes. Even if the source of the water isn’t contaminated. The pipes and plumbing fixtures in your homes could be soldered with lead and that can release lead into tap water.
- Soil. Lead paint and dust can settle into the soil surrounding a painted building then easily be picked up when it’s walked on or when children play in it.
There are things you can do to protect yourself and educate yourself about the possible ways that lead can be prevalent in the home.