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Childhood Lead Poisoning
Reports of Lead Poisoning Down but Many Cases May Go Unreported
Findings at a glance A broader view What you can do

Take action on the Bay Area's behalf -- and your own. Here are some ways you can protect family and others from lead exposure.

  • Reduce your family's exposure to lead. If your house or your child's school was built before 1978, it probably contains lead paint. (See NRDC's lead FAQ for more information.) Check for peeling or flaking paint, get the paint professionally tested for lead, and keep children's play areas as free of dust as possible. Consider getting your water and garden soil tested for lead (look in the yellow pages under "Lead Testing & Consulting"). Don't put food or beverages in old glazed pottery or pottery purchased outside the United States.


  • Write the governor and urge him to sign legislation to clean up lead paint in California schools. See NRDC's Earth Action Center for contact information.


  • You'll find lots more Bay Area green-living tips in our Green Gate Green Guides. And to keep informed and take action on the latest issues affecting the Bay Area and the rest of California, join NRDC's California Activist Network.

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