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Sources of Lead Exposure

Lead-based paint and lead dust in homes built before 1978


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

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