Sources of Lead at Home: Products

Lead can be found in many products:

  • Painted toys, furniture and toy jewelry – That favorite dump truck or rocking chair handed down in the family, antique doll furniture, or toy jewelry could contain lead-based paint or contain lead in the material it is made from. Biting or swallowing toys or toy jewelry that contain lead can cause a child to suffer from lead poisoning.
  • Cosmetics Visit the U.S. Food and Drug Administrations web site to read questions and answers on lipstick and lead.
  • Food or liquid containers – Food and liquids stored or served in lead crystal or lead-glazed pottery or porcelain can become contaminated because lead can leach from these containers into the food or liquid.
  • Plumbing products Materials like pipes and fixtures that contain lead can corrode over time.
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