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What to do if you think you have been exposed to lead?

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