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What should I do if I am concerned about my family's exposure to lead?

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What should I do if I am concerned about my family's exposure to lead?

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A blood test is the only way to find out whether you or a family member already has lead poisoning.  Call your doctor or local health department to arrange for a blood test.  You can protect your family every day by:

      - Regularly cleaning floors, window sills, and other surfaces. 
      -Washing children's hands, bottles, pacifiers, and toys often. 
      -Making sure children eat a healthy, nutritious diet consistent with the USDA's dietary guidelines.
      - Wiping off shoes before entering the house. 
      - Using an EPA-certified firm for renovations, or if you are doing the renovation yourself, using lead-safe work practices (see http://www.epa.gov/lead for more information).

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