Prevent Lead Exposure
Take these simple but important steps to protect your child from lead poisoning.
Get your child tested.
A blood test is the only way to tell if a child has been poisoned by lead. Usually, a “finger poke” is all that is needed to initially test for lead poisoning. If blood level results are high, however, an additional blood draw may be taken to confirm results. Early detection means early intervention.
Wash your child’s hands often.
Before eating or sleeping, thoroughly wash your child’s hands to reduce the chance of lead dust entering their mouth. Also, clean your child’s toys regularly, especially those used on the floor and on the ground.
When renting of purchasing a home, ask detailed questions about when the home was built (lead paint was commonly used until 1978) and ask if the property has been inspected for lead. In older homes, choose homes or apartments with replacement (vinyl) windows.
Have your home made lead safe.
Salt Lake Housing Program can help make your home Lead Safe for no cost to qualifying properties. Find out if you qualify for free services.