The Health Department is closed Monday, Jan. 20, for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.
Keep your young child safe.
- Keep your child away from peeling paint and home repairs that disturb lead paint.
- Report peeling paint to your landlord. If your landlord doesn't make repairs, contact your local tenants’ rights organization.
- Frequently wash hands, toys, pacifiers, bottles and other items your child puts in their mouth.
- Clean floors, windowsills and dusty places often with wet mops and wet cloths.
- Avoid using health remedies (such as azarcon, greta, paylooah) and eye cosmetics (such as kohl, kajal, surma) from other countries. Some of these products may contain high levels of lead.
- Use caution when using candies, spices, snack foods and children's toys and jewelry made in other countries. These items may contain lead.
- Use only cold water for making baby formula, drinking and cooking. Let the water run for at least 60 seconds before use.
- Keep your child away from work clothes and tools of household members who do construction work and other work and hobbies that may expose them to lead.
- Wash work clothes separate from other laundry. Remove shoes and work clothes before entering your home.
- Use safe work methods when doing home repair that disturbs paint. For information on lead-safe work methods, see EPA's lead webpage.
- Practice healthy actions.
Content from Department of Health's Expert Panel Childhood Lead Screening Guidelines.