Approximately 80% of the lead ingested by children, in the form of dust (and paint chips), is the result of normal
play and hand-to-mouth activity. The same applies to adults in non-work settings, such as in the home.
There are a number of things you can do right now to minimise children's (and your) lead exposure
1) Remove, or keep away from, the source of exposure. As a
temporary measure apply a coat of clear varnish to seal in any
dust on damaged surfaces.
2) Regularly use a HEPA-filtered vacuum
cleaner on all horizontal
surfaces. This includes all flooring, carpets, upholstery
anywhere else that dust can collect. Now you have a use for all
those vacuum attachments!
3) Regularly use a
wet mop/cloth, with a solution of tri-phosphate-
containing* dishwasher detergent,
to wipe down hard surfaces such
as floors, countertops and windowsills.
4) ALWAYS wash your face and hands before eating, drinking or
5) Understand the problem and your options for Testing for Lead in
Paint, Dust and Blood.