Lead is a toxic heavy metal especially in developing children. If exposed to high enough amounts, over a long enough period of time, lead can build up in the body and result in permanent brain and nervous system damage. In large doses it can be fatal.
Most New York families and experienced New York lead poisoning attorneys are aware that old paint, plumbing, and outdoor soil can all contain lead. But other household products can also contain lead even if they don’t appear to be made of metal. Here are just a few items to check in your household for lead content:
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) sets strict limits on lead in children’s toys. Every year, however, some toys that violate this limit reach the market and must be recalled by the CPSC. Pay special attention to toys that are several years old, painted, and contain metal parts. Check http://www.recalls.gov for any toys you suspect and the latest CPSC recalls.
Ceramics and pottery are made of clay, so many families assume they do not contain lead. In fact, the paints and glazes on pottery can contain lead, especially if the pottery was made or painted in Latin America or in Asia. If you aren’t certain whether a piece of pottery or ceramic ware is lead-free, avoid eating, drinking, or serving food from it. If the piece breaks, use a damp towel to sweep up the pieces in order to trap lead dust.
Lead is used in the formation process of crystal, so decanters, pitchers, and glasses made from crystal may all contain lead. While it is usually safe to drink most beverages from crystal, alcohol can cause any lead left over from the formation process to leach out, increasing the chances the person will drink it. Serve alcohol in glass only.