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Check Your Home And Surrounding Soil For Lead

Have your home and the surrounding soil checked for lead, especially if it was built before 1978. If lead is detected, be sure to have your children tested for poisoning. Consult your physician about testing your children for lead. Call the National Lead Information Center (NLIC) at 1 800 424-LEAD (5323) for a list of qualified professionals in your area who can test every painted surface in your home for the presence of lead. They can also determine if any painted surface poses a significant threat of exposure. 
In addition to paint, other items such as dishes, glasses, and solder should be tested for lead content. Home test kits are available at hardware stores, home centers and through the web.
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