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Lead home tests kits are designed for testing the presence of the heavy metal lead in humans, soil, paint and other areas. There are various home health tests for lead that you can perform on your abode. Test for:

1. Lead in water: lead in drinking water can cause many ill health effects. When exposed to lead in water above the correct levels, children and babies can experience delays in physical and mental development, including problems with their attention spans and learning abilities. In adults, it can cause high blood pressure and if exposed long term lead in water can cause kidney disease.

2. Lead in dust and paint: Lead is specifically dangerous to children as their developing bodies tend to absorb more lead than adults and their brains and nervous systems are more sensitive to the damaging effects of lead. Babies and young children will put their hands and mouths on parts of the house which have lead from dust, paint or soil on them. Children can consume lead by eating and drinking food or water containing lead or from dishes or glasses that contain lead. They can also breathe in lead dust from lead-based paint or lead-contaminated soil. Some toys may also contain lead.

3. Surface lead: Adults including pregnant women may be exposed to lead by eating and drinking food or water containing lead or from dishes or glasses that contain lead. They may also breathe in lead dust by being in areas where lead-based paint is breaking down, and when invloved in repairs or renovations that disturb the lead in painted surfaces of older homes or buildings. Working in a job or having a hobby like stained glass making where lead is used can expose an adult to lead. If a pregnant woman is exposed in these ways it is more worrying as her undeveloped baby can be exposed also.

The Lead Test at Home:-

Performing lead tests can keep you whole family safe and protect them from health conditions caused by too much lead in the system. Lead tests are simple and easy to do with fast and accurate results. 

Lead

“Lead poisoning: An acute or chronic poisoning caused by the absorption of lead or any of its salts into the body. Lead poisoning is an environmental hazard that is capable of causing mental retardation, behavioral disturbance, and brain damage. Lead poisoning is formally defined in the US as at least 10 micrograms of lead per deciliter of blood.”* -www.medterms.com.

Lead is found in many places in the home as it has been used in everything from paint to fittings and cosmetics. The biggest contributors to lead poising around the home are paint and dust, water and particles from metals. Children are most susceptible to lead poisoning from around the home. For more information and help on what to do if you have a high concentration of lead in the home or if you need to test to find out, read the following resources and facts.

National Institute of Environmental Sciences: www.kids.niehs.nih.gov

 

United States Environmental Protection Agency: www2.epa.gov

American Lung Association: www.lung.org

Test for Lead at home: www.hometests.com