Risk Reductions

Reduce the risk of lead exposure by following these helpful guidelines:
  • If lead paint has been found in your house, eliminate contaminated dust by using a solution of TSP (trisodium phosphate) and water. Damp-mop floors and clean other surfaces with a cloth or sponge that will not be reused on dishes, eating, drinking, or cooking utensils.
  • Block painted windowsills and moldings with heavy furniture to keep children away.
  • Install vinyl siding over exterior lead-painted surfaces.
  • Plant grass for dust control.
  • Reduce children's contact with soil if your house was built before 1978 or is near a major highway.
  • Plant bushes near exterior walls to keep children away.
  • Test your water for lead safety through recommendations from local water suppliers or government agencies.
  • Run tap water for 60 seconds before using it whenever the water may have been standing a while.
  • Use cold water for drinking, cooking, and making infant formula because it carries less lead. (Boiling the water concentrates the lead.)
  • Check pottery, china, and leaded glassware for lead content.