Lead is a naturally occurring element found in small amounts inside the earths crust.
Where can Lead be Found?
Lead can be found in soil, water, and in the air. Lead is commonly used in car batteries, ammunition, weight belts for for diving, piping, gasoline, and fishing weights. Lead can also be used for radiation protection and the storage of corrosive liquids.
Lead can also be found in homes built before 1978. Lead based paints were commonly used to paint the inside and outside of homes before they were outlawed in 1978. A common signs of lead based paint is the chipping and cracking of paint on a wall or ceiling.
Children and How They can be Exposed to Lead
Children absorb more lead than adults due to their growing bodies. Common sources of lead exposure for children are:
drinking water from lead piping
chewing or consuming lead based paints chippings
inhaling lead dust from lead based paints
playing with toys that were painted with lead based paint