How am I exposed to lead in paint and in dust?
Lead in paint and dust can get into your body when you breathe or swallow the lead dust or lead-based paint chips.
- You can accidentally breathe or swallow lead in several ways, including:
- Breathing in lead dust.
- Accidentally getting lead dust in your mouth.
- Not washing your hands before eating.
- Eating lead-based paint chips.
Lead dust and lead-based paint chips settle on surfaces and objects people touch.
- Settled lead dust can re-enter the air when:
- Vacuuming or sweeping.
- People or pets walk through it.
- Air is blowing in the home for any reason, including wind from open windows or fans.
Lead dust is the most common way children come into contact with lead.
- This is because children:
- Often put their hands in their mouths.
- Sometimes chew on toys and other household objects and furniture that may contain lead.