Sources of Lead

Sources of lead exposure include:
  • Drinking water - older homes may have lead plumbing pipes or lead solder. If you think your home plumbing has lead, use only cold water for drinking and cooking and run the water for 30 seconds before drinking it.
  • Folk remedies - some remedies contain lead, such as greta and azarcon, which are used to treat an upset stomach.
  • Hobbies - some hobbies use lead such as making pottery, stained glass, sinkers, bullets, or refinishing furniture. If you have hobbies involving lead, change your clothes before going home. Wash your hands well before eating, drinking, or smoking.
  • Lead smelters - release lead into the air.
  • Occupations - Some jobs may leave lead dust on clothing such as construction, demolition, painting, working with batteries or in a radiator repair shop. If you work with lead in your job, change your clothes before going home. Wash your hands well before eating, drinking, or smoking.
  • Pottery - avoid eating or storing foods in lead crystal or lead-glazed pottery or porcelain.
  • Soil - Lead from paint can peel off the outside of the house and get into the soil. Encourage your children to play in sand or grassy areas and try to keep them from eating dirt. Make sure they wash their hands when they come inside.