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Lead poisoning hazards advice:
Here are some simple steps to test and protect your family from lead poisoning. This document provides advice for reducing the risk of lead poisoning for families living in homes
where lead exposure is suspected, likely, or where lead contamination is actually confirmed by testing.
US CPSC Suggestions on How to Test or Check Your Family for Lead Poisoning or Contaminants
Get your children tested if you think your home has high levels of lead.
A simple blood test can detect high levels of lead. Blood tests are important for:
Children who are 6 months to 1 year old (6 months if you live in an older home that might have lead in the paint).
Family members that you think might have high levels of lead.
If your child is older than 1 year, talk to your doctor about whether your child needs testing.
Your doctor or health center can do blood tests.
They are inexpensive and sometimes free.
Your doctor will explain what the test results mean.
Treatment for lead if adults or children have blood or bone lead levels that are too high can range from changes in diet to medication or a hospital stay.
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Lead Hazard Telephone Hotlines
The National Lead Information Center
Call 1-800-LEAD-FYI to learn how to protect children from lead poisoning.
For other information on lead hazards, call the center's clearinghouse at 1-800-424-LEAD. For the hearing impaired, call, TDD 1-800-526-5456 (FAX: 202-659-1192, Internet: EHC@CAIS.COM).
EPA's Safe Drinking Water Hotline
Call 1-800-426-4791 for information about lead in drinking water.
Consumer Product Safety Commission Hotline
To request information on lead in consumer products, or to report an unsafe consumer product or a product-related injury call 1-800-638-2772. (Internet: email@example.com). For the hearing impaired, call TDD 1-800-638-8270.
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"The voluntary standard established in the United States under ASTM F-963 and the European standard under EN-71 for soluble lead in toys (lead which may migrate from the toy and be ingested by the child) is 90 parts-per-million. At that level, any intentional use of lead in paints or other surface coatings containing lead would immediately put the toy over the permitted limit."
"Under federal law, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) enforces a standard for total lead of 600 ppm. Recently, the CPSC refused to lower the lead limit in paint and other similar surface coating materials to 100 ppm after finding that most paints sold in the United States were already at or below that level and, therefore, these materials did not present an unreasonable risk of injury warranting further government regulation."
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