The Trail Area Health & Environment Program is a comprehensive, collaborative, science-based program to help keep children and families healthy and safe.
Lead can come from many sources…
This isn’t an exhaustive list. You can find out about lead in consumer products on the Government of Canada recalls and safety alerts page; search for Lead.
Actions to reduce the risk of lead exposure:
Wash your hands and wash your children’s hands especially before eating and after playing outdoors.
Eat foods that have enough iron and other vitamins and minerals. A person who eats a balanced, nutritious diet may absorb less lead. Eat at the table.
Keep your floors dust-free by vacuuming and damp-mopping often. Leave outside shoes at the door. Damp dust frequently, especially window ledges and countertops.
Keep outdoor play areas clean. Cover the sandbox when you are finished playing. Hose off patios, play equipment, and driveways often. Play on the grass and cover bare soil areas.
Renovate safely. Seal off the area of work, and clean well when complete. Keep children and pregnant women away if possible.
Don’t Bring Lead Home From Work
Many people work around lead dust. Lead dust can be harmful to young children and pregnant women. If you work in jobs such as lead smelting, plumbing, welding, renovating or painting houses, autobody work, electrical work, battery recycling, or radiator repair there are ways to protect you and your family. Be sure to follow these recommendations before interacting with your family.