Lead Poisoning: Test Your Home and Family

You or your children may look healthy. But you can still have high levels of lead in your blood. The only way to know for sure is to have a blood test done by a health care provider. You can also have your home, soil, and water tested. Check with your state or county health or safety department.

Where is lead found?

You may know that lead is found in older types of paint. But lead could also be in other places:

  • Your home and yard

  • Your children’s playground and school

  • Industrial worksites

Don’t use these home remedies: They contain lead

The following should be avoided:

  • Azarcon. A bright orange powder used for stomach problems

  • Bala Goli: A flat, round black bean used for stomach problems

  • Ghasard. A brown powder to aid digestion

  • Greta. A yellow powder used for stomach problems

  • Kandu. A red powder used for stomach problems

  • Kohl (Alkohl). A black powder used for skin infections and eye makeup

  • Pay-loo-ah. A red powder used for rash or fever

Woman at kitchen sink and boy at kitchen table. Led may be in surfaces with old paint, vinyl mini blinds, led crystal or led-glazed dishes, old painted furniture and toys, fishing sinkers, shotgun shells, tobacco products, match tips, batteries, soil, exhaust from leded gas, industrial pollution, fertilizer, dust, drinking water from led-soldered plumbing.