Dust and flakes from chipping lead-based paint inside a home are a serious hazard to children's health. Inside your home, use a disposable wet cloth to clean up paint flakes or dust on windowsills, the floor, and on toys. Outside, check for peeling paint near soil and cover those areas with grass or mulch.
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If you live in a home with a lead service line or plumbing, you can take several steps to reduce your risk. Families with children under the age of 6, women who may become or are pregnant, and breastfeeding women should use a filter certified to remove lead. This is especially important when making baby bottles. If your water hasn't been used for several hours, run the water until it’s cold, at least three minutes.
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The only way to know if your child has been affected by lead is to get a blood lead test. If you are pregnant or have a child under age 6, talk to a doctor about lead testing. All children in Milwaukee should be tested three times before age 3. Some children may need to be tested up to age 6.
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