Four Easy Ways to Reduce Lead Poisoning Risks for Children
Both children and adults can suffer the negative effects of lead poisoning. Lead is a heavy metal that can be toxic if it builds up in the body, causing nerve damage and other serious or even fatal symptoms. Many consumer products contain lead, and despite laws limiting lead content in items like children’s toys, defective products with dangerously high lead levels can still cause harm.
If you or someone you love has been injured by a defective product, an experienced Texas personal injury attorney can become your strongest ally. To reduce the risks of lead poisoning in the ones you love, you can also follow some simple tips, like:
- Keep hands, faces, and toys clean. Washing children’s hands, faces, and toys frequently helps cut down on dust and dirt, which can contain lead particles. It also helps kill bacteria that can cause illness.
- Wipe down surfaces frequently. Mopping floors and wiping down windowsills and other surfaces with a damp cloth can help reduce the presence of lead particles, especially in older houses that may still have layers of lead paint on their walls. Be sure to use water – dry-sweeping or dry-dusting doesn’t trap lead particles as well.
- Run the water before you use it. If you live in an older home that may have lead in the plumbing, run the cold tap water for a minute before using it to cook or brush your teeth. Do not make children’s formula or food with hot water.
- Keep kids off bare soil. For playing in the dirt, set up a sandbox with clean sand purchased at a home improvement or gardening store, and cover the sandbox when the kids aren’t using it. Use sod or mulch to cover bare soil, and always wash children’s hands and faces after they play outdoors.
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