How can families reduce the risk of exposure to lead?

Avoid exposure to sources of lead.

Do not allow children to chew or mouth surfaces that may have been painted with lead-based paint.

If you have a water lead problem, run or flush water that has been standing overnight before drinking or cooking with it.

Some types of paints and pigments that are used as make-up or hair coloring contain lead. Keep these kinds of products away from children.

If your home contains lead-based paint or you live in an area contaminated with lead, wash children's hands and faces often to remove lead dusts and soil, and regularly clean the house of dust and tracked in soil.