The good news is that our exposure to lead has fallen considerably over the last 30 years and there are simple ways to prevent exposure.
- Regularly wash children’s hands and toys so if they are exposed to any lead dust, it is washed off
- Keep an eye on what children are putting in their mouths
- Avoid using traditional folk medicines, cosmetics or cookware that are not lead-free or that have been imported from abroad
- Make sure that your child’s toys are stamped with a ‘CE’ Mark., This means that they have been checked and are safe
- If you live in home built before the 1970s assume that there may be some lead-based paint. Regularly wipe down painted surfaces. Make sure children avoid areas with peeling paint.
- If you are concerned that your house may have lead pipes in it, you can get your water tested for free
- If you are worried that someone in your family may have been exposed to lead, please talk to your GP