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Prevent Lead Poisoning

Lead poisoning can cause health problems in the brain and the body. Exposure to lead can make it harder to think, focus, and behave. Some health problems caused by lead cannot be reversed or cured. Supervision of children, a nutritious diet, and proper hygiene are the first steps to reducing lead exposure. Follow the recommendations below to prevent lead poisoning in and around your home.

Supervise Children

Follow a Nutritious Diet

  • Eat a nutritious diet containing iron, calcium, vitamins, and minerals to help your body absorb less lead. Examples include but are not limited to:
    • Beans and lentils.
    • Citrus fruits (example: grapefruit, lemon, oranges).
    • Green leafy vegetables (example: kale, spinach, turnip).
    • Milk and milk products (example: cheese, soy milk, yogurt).
    • Other iron or calcium-fortified products like breakfast cereals.

Practice Proper Hygiene

  • Wash hands often with soap and water.
  • Rinse fruits and vegetables with water before eating.
  • Clean toys with soap and water before giving them to children.
  • Vacuum, dust, and wash surfaces and windowsills often to remove any sources of lead in your home.
  • If your work or workplace involves handling lead or lead products (example: paint, repair/renovation, recycling), always follow safe work practices. Change work clothes before entering your home.


If you have questions on lead poisoning, call our Poison Hotline at 1-800-222-1222.

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