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What should I do if I am concerned about my family's exposure to lead?


Answer: A blood test is the only way to find out whether you or a family member already has lead poisoning. Call your doctor or local health department to arrange for a blood test. You can protect your family every day by:

  • Regularly cleaning floors, window sills, and other surfaces.
  • Washing children's hands, bottles, pacifiers, and toys often.
  • Making sure children eat a healthy, nutritious diet consistent with the USDA's dietary guidelines.
  • Wiping off shoes before entering the house.
  • Using an EPA-certified firm for renovations, or if you are doing the renovation yourself, using lead-safe work practices. View more information.

Question Number: 23002-23458

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