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Protecting your children from lead poisoning

By Lauren Compton - email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The effects of lead poisoning can be deadly. Children are six times are likely to be affected by lead poisoning. You can prevent lead poisoning in your home by making a few changes.

Lead can be found anywhere and since it is, odorless, tasteless, and not detectable by the eye it can be hard to know if you have lead in your home. According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development there are over 38 million homes that contain lead based paint. If your house was built before 1978 you may to consider having your home tested for lead and taking the proper measures to remove the lead based paint from your home.

Generally children come in contact with lead by inhaling particles that contain lead, touching dirt outside, and playing with objects that contain lead based paints.  Here are a few ways you can prevent lead poisoning in your home.

How to Keep Your Kids Safe

--Run tap water for 15 to 30 second before use. This is especially important for people who live in home built before 1978.

--Maintain a clean environment. Keeping counter surfaces and floors clean and clear of debris helps reduce the possibility of children touching lead particles.

--Use can use a Hepa filter for your vacuum. Heap filters trap lead particles.

--Hand washing. This age old remedy cuts down the risk of children inhaling lead if they have come in contact with it.

--Maintaining a diet high in calcium and iron. Calcium and iron absorbs less in the body.

--Check toy and product recalls for items that may contain lead.

For more information on lead poisoning in children ways to help keep your kids safe against lead go the Environmental Protection Agency website, at www.epa.gov/lead

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