What in my home may contain lead?
Houses built before 1978 may have lead paint. When the paint breaks down, it forms dust that people can inhale or ingest. Children can ingest this dust by crawling on the floor and mouthing objects. Parents who work with lead may bring lead dust home on their clothes or shoes, so they should remove clothing before entering the home. Other sources of lead in the home include: soil contaminated with lead, brass keys and fixtures, old plumbing leaking lead into tap water, food made or stored in lead-glazed ceramics, lead fishing sinkers and bullets, ceramic floor tile, plastic and painted furniture, old bathtubs, stained glass, imported painted toys, toy jewelry, Vinyl mini-blinds, Alternative medicines, spices, candy, makeup and toys from other countries, dishware from other countries, and health supplements from other countries.

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1. What are symptoms of lead poisoning in a child?
2. How does a child get exposed to lead?
3. What in my home may contain lead?
4. What can I do to protect myself and my family from exposure to lead?
5. What services does Tri-County Health provide if my child has an elevated blood lead level (EBLL)?
6. What foods should I feed my child to reduce the absorption of lead in her body?
7. If my child has an elevated blood lead level (EBLL), what is the one most effective thing I can do to prevent further exposure?
8. How can I find a Colorado certified lead contractor to permanently remove lead-based paint in my home or hire a certified lead professional who can do a lead evaluation of my home?
9. Are there regulations for testing painted surfaces like walls and windows in a home prior to renovations, remodeling projects, repairs, and painting jobs?
10. Can family members bring home lead from their job and lead poison my child?