Pacific Southwest, Region 9
Serving: Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Pacific Islands, Tribal Nations
EPA Works with California to Help Keep Kids Safe from Lead
New parents need to know how to prevent childhood lead poisoning. An excellent time to introduce this concept is at the time of their child's birth while they are learning about the care of young children.
The EPA and the California Department of Health Services are working together to provide California hospitals with pamphlets that describe how to prevent lead poisoning in children. This information will be used in birthing and parenting classes.
Two pamphlets are available:
Lead is a poison - Keep your child safe describes sources of lead, tips for keeping your child safe and healthy foods.
Simple Steps to Protect Your Child from LEAD, available in English (PDF brochure 750K) and Spanish (PDF brochure 650K), provides the following simple steps that parents can take to protect their children:
- Keep hands and face clean
- Keep your home clean
- Don't let your child chew on painted surfaces or eat paint chips
- Keep furniture away from paint that is chipped or peeling
- Feed your child healthy meals and snacks
- Do not use imported, older or handmade dishes or pots
For copies of these pamphlets, please call Marjorie Xavier (Xavier.Marjorie@epa.gov) at (415) 947-4164.
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