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Lead-based paint and lead dust in homes built before 1978
  • Lead-based paint was used in more than 38 million homes until the amount of lead in paint was restricted in 1978.
  • Lead dust is the most common way people are exposed to lead. Lead dust is often invisible. Projects that disturb painted surfaces can create large amounts of dust.
  • Frequently asked questions about lead-based paint

Soil
  • Soil may contain lead. Contaminated soil can be tracked into the home. Children may also come into contact with lead by playing in bare soil.

Plumbing and plumbing fixtures
  • Most sources of drinking water have no lead or very low levels of lead. Most lead gets into drinking water after the water leaves the local well or treatment plant and comes into contact with plumbing materials containing lead. These include lead pipe and lead solder (commonly used until 1986) as well as faucets, valves, and other components made of brass.
  • Fact sheet from OHA's Drinking Water Services on lead in drinking water

Children's toys and jewelry

Mexican candy
  • CDC information on lead in candy

Traditional pottery

Home remedies and cosmetics