What are the main sources of lead?

Possible sources of lead contamination:

  •    Old Paint - Lead-based paint is most often found in homes built before 1978.
  •    Lead Dust - Harmful, invisible dust is created when windows, doors, edges of stairs, rails or other surfaces with lead-based paint wear down from repeated friction, such as opening or closing windows or doors.
  •    Soil - Soil surrounding homes may be contaminated from chipping or flaking exterior lead-based paint.
  •    Drinking Water - Lead pipes in homes before 1930 are likely to contain lead, which is released into drinking water as it passes through the old pipes.
  •    Food - Lead can leach into food or drinks, which are stored in imported ceramic dishes or pottery.
  •    Workplace Exposure - Parents who work in lead-related industries (namely painting, automotive, or recycling industries) or use lead for hobbies (such as for stained glass windows).
  •    Home Remedies - Azarcon, greta, or pay-loo-ah.
  •    Cosmetics - Kohl and Kajal.

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1. What is lead poisoning?
2. What are the health effects of lead poisoning in children?
3. What are the symptoms of lead poisoning?
4. What are the main sources of lead?
5. How can lead poisoning be prevented?