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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.

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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:

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: For the hearing impaired, call TDD 1-800-638-8270.


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