Lead can come from many sources:

  • Lead-based paint chips
  • Dust
  • Soil
  • Plumbing
  • Household items
  • Imported goods
  • Jobs and hobbies that use lead

To find out if you or your loved ones are at risk:

Find out what year your home was built.

  • Homes built before 1978 are more likely to have lead paint.
  • If you don’t have records, your local library or city tax office may be able to help you find out when your house was built.​

See if your home, rental property, or child’s daycare has had lead issues addressed in the past.

Hire a certified lead professional to test your home, household items, soil, and drinking water for lead.

Test your water.

  • Lead water pipes can sometimes be found in older homes and communities.
  • Drinking water faucets made before 2014 were allowed to contain up to 8 percent lead.
  • Visit the drinking water page for information about getting your water tested from a public water supply or from a private well. 
  • You can also follow these tips to reduce potential exposure to lead in drinking water

Find out if you are exposed to lead at work.

  • Your employer should notify you if you’re working with lead.
  • Your employer should have lead-safe work practices to prevent lead exposure.
  • Lead-safe work practices will also limit the chance of lead being tracked home accidentally on your clothes or hands. 

Read the labels of the products you use for home hobbies.

  • Common hobbies that use lead are making stained glass or lead sinkers for fishing.
  • Always wash your hands before eating after touching things that contain lead.

Throw away any household items that have been recalled due to lead.

  • You can throw these items away in your regular trash.

The most common way of getting lead into your body is swallowing it accidentally. Following the simple lead safety tips in this website, like washing your hands before eating, can help limit the chances of lead getting into your body. To learn more about how to protect yourself and your loved ones from lead, visit the paint & dustdrinking waterhousehold items & imported goods; and jobs & hobbies pages.