Learning About Lead

Primary Sources of Lead

Some Primary Sources of Lead In and Around Your Home May Be:

  • Old lead-based paint that was applied before lead paint was banned in 1978.
  • Lead in the air from industrial emissions.
  • Soil contaminated by dust from past vehicle emissions, and by chips and dust from exterior lead paint.
  • Some imported foods, medicines, dishes, toys and plastics.
  • Lead can leach into water from corroded plumbing fixtures and products that contain lead.