Use Home Lead Testing Kits to Keep Your Family Safe

Better safe than sorry. Here’s how lead testing kits can protect the health of your family

Nothing is more important than your family’s health. Lead testing kits check your home for lead. Rest easy knowing that you’ve done all you can to prevent lead poisoning.

Although lead paint was made illegal for homes in 1978, according to the National Center for Health Statistics, hundreds of thousands of children in the United States have elevated levels of lead in their blood.

Who’s at risk?

Anyone, but especially children, are susceptible to lead poisoning if they live in housing that was built prior to 1978. Breathing in the dust or children eating flaking lead paint can lead to poisoning. Also when older homes are remodeled, the lead paint is often disturbed and inhaled by the occupants.

Consider too, children attending day care or preschool in older buildings with lead paint are at a higher risk of contamination. Also frequently checking the lists of toys that have been banned due to high lead content is a good idea.

Your first step is to have your children tested for lead. This can be done with a blood test at your doctor’s office. Even if your child tests negative, your next step, if you live in a pre-1978 home is to test the paint in the home. This can easily be done with a lead testing kit.

Testing for lead

Of all the home lead testing kits that were compared, all were reliable and ranged from $8 to $30. The government considers lead levels higher than 5,000 ppm (parts per million) to be dangerous. Home lead testing kits can detect the presence of lead at 2,000 ppm and some tested as low as 1,000 ppm.

The kits work by changing color when lead is detected. Be sure and choose a kit that turns a different color than the paint you are testing. In other words, don’t choose a kit that turns blue if you have blue paint.

If your home tests positive for lead, hire a professional that has training to come in and test. If he has the same results, have someone cover up or remove the lead or have the professional tell you the safest way to do this.

By using home lead testing kits, you can be positive that your family is safe and isn’t exposed to lead poisoning.