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Lead Awareness

Lead Away!
Lead is a kind of metal that can be found in some common items. If lead gets into the body, it can make people sick, especially young children whose bodies are growing. When lead gets into the body, it is called lead poisoning. Learning about lead can help your whole family stay healthy. Lead might not be something you can easily see, but everyone in your family can work together to keep the lead away.

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#1 Keep It Clean
Lead can be found in dirt and dust. Leave shoes at the door to make sure dust and dirt stay outside. Wet-dust and wet-mop regularly.
#2 Wash Your Hands
Make sure your whole family washes their hands before eating.
#3 Avoid Peeling Paint
Keep your child away from dust and peeling paint.
#4 Check Toys
Check your child's toys for dust and peeling paint.
#5 Get Tested
Check with your doctor about the best time to test your child. Usually children are tested at ages 1 and 2.

About This Project

Sesame Street Lead Away was created to help parents and children learn that having children's blood tested for lead is crucial, as it is the only way to detect lead poisoning. And, through simple actions, families can avoid exposure to lead and can easily incorporate prevention strategies into everyday routines.

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