Lead poisoning costs New York families millions each year. It also causes serious health problems, including problems with neurological development in children. Severe cases of lead poisoning can even result in death.
Although several state and federal laws limit the amount of lead allowed in certain products, including children’s toys, defective products may contain unacceptably dangerous amounts of lead. Lead can also be found in other sources in the environment, including old plumbing, old paint, and other items.
If you or someone you love is injured by lead poisoning, don’t hesitate to contact a New York personal injury attorney with experience protecting those injured by defective products. Help keep your loved ones safe and healthy by practicing these easy cleaning tips to reduce lead exposure:
- Wipe and mop. Dry sweeping and dry dusting don’t reduce lead particles as well as mopping and wiping down surfaces with a damp cloth. If you live in an older building that may contain lead paint, mop and wipe regularly to reduce lead dust.
- Wash children’s hands, faces, and toys regularly. Not only does regular washing help reduce sticky fingers and ordinary viruses and bacteria, it also reduces lead dust exposure. Keep hands, faces, and toys clean to help keep kids healthy.
- Avoid the dirt. Keep kids from playing on bare soil, especially in the city where lead dust may be part of the landscape. If kids want to play in dirt, set up a sandbox or play table with clean sand purchased at a landscaping or home improvement store, and make sure the box or table is covered when kids aren’t playing in it.