Wash hands and face before you eat or drink. Wear properly fitted respirator with HEPA filter in areas with lead dust and fumes. Clean your home off dust and lead particles. Avoid storing food in lead crystal containers for long. Never burn waste oil, colored newsprint, battery casings or wood covered with lead paint. Eat calcium, iron and Vit C rich foods.
Lead is a naturally occurring toxic metal found in the Earth’s crust. Important sources of environmental contamination include mining, smelting, manufacturing and recycling activities.
Lead is, however, also used in many other products, for example pigments, paints, solder, stained glass, crystal vessels, ammunition, ceramic glazes, etc. It can have serious long-term health impacts, especially in children and pregnant.
It is extremely important to prevent exposure to lead as even low levels can affect children’s IQ, ability to pay attention and overall health.1
How To Prevent Lead Poisoning?
- Wash your hands and face before you eat or drink.
- Eat, drink and smoke only in areas free of lead dust and fumes.
- Wear a clean, properly fitted respirator with HEPA (high-efficiency particulate arrestance) filter in all areas that have lead dust or fumes.
- Change into different clothes and shoes before engaging in work with lead.
- Clean your house regularly to remove dust and particles that may contain lead. This is especially important for surfaces that young children might touch often.
- Do not keep food or drinks in lead crystal containers for any length of time. Do not serve pregnant women or children drinks in crystal glasses. Babies should never drink from lead crystal.
- Discourage children from putting things into their mouths.
- Never burn waste oil, colored newsprint, battery casings or wood covered with lead paint in or near your home, because lead fumes may be released.
Foods that Can Help Prevent Lead Poisoning
Foods high in calcium help keep lead from being absorbed by the body. Calcium helps to make your teeth and bones strong.
Sources: milk, yogurt, tofu, cheese – cheddar, green leafy vegetables such as, spinach, kale, mustard greens and broccoli.
Foods high in iron will prevent lead from being absorbed by the body.
Sources: lean meats such as chicken, pork and goat, fish such as sardines and tuna, cereals and beans.
Iron works better when it is eaten with foods high in Vitamin C.
Sources: oranges, grapefruit, mangoes, green peppers and tomatoes.2
How Do I Test For lead?
The understanding of lead toxicity has advanced substantially over the past three decades. The availability of more sensitive analytic methods has made it possible to measure lead at much lower concentrations. For children, this means inspection of the home.
There are two recommended ways to test your home for lead.
- Get a laboratory analysis of the paint, dust and soil samples from your home.
- Hire a State-certified inspector/assessor to inspect your home for lead.3
References [ + ]
|1.||↑||Prevention Tips, Centers For Disease Control and Prevention|
|2.||↑||What Types of Foods Can Help Prevent Lead Poisoning?, Health and Human Services|
|3.||↑||Testing Your Home For Lead In Paint and Soil, California Department of Public Health|