Staying Safe at Home: Lead Safe Cleaning

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While we shelter at home we are all doing our best to take the necessary precautions to reduce our risk of contracting COVID-19.  We are using tactics like social distancing measures and keeping our homes healthy by cleaning and disinfecting high touch surfaces regularly to reduce the risk of coming into contact with the virus.

Lead is a bit like the coronavirus in that it can be picked up when touching contaminated surfaces. After touching a contaminated surface lead dust can be ingested and cause serious brain damage. Lead is particularly dangerous to children five years old and younger, and lead dust and dirt in older homes is the primary way children are exposed to lead. Like the coronavirus, no amount of lead is good for a child. But with lead, the harm is irreversible. With both, prevention is key.

We can reduce the risk of exposure to lead through a variety of tactics, but the easiest one you can start today is called “lead-safe cleaning.”  When cleaning older homes, there are a few simple tricks you can use to be effective in removing that dangerous lead dust and dirt.

Download instructions here.

Taking these simple steps will help you reduce the risk of lead exposure and keep the kids in your home safe.


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