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What are common sources of lead?
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Lead can be found in many places. You can find lead in these places in Colorado:
Homes built before 1978 with chipping, peeling, or flaking paint, or imported toys with lead-based paint.
Imported spices such as turmeric, coriander, black pepper, thyme, and hanuman sindoor.
Imported glazed pottery, commonly used to cook beans or hot chocolate.
Home remedies such as greta or azacron used to treat illness or empacho.
Soil or dust that contains lead. This can be tracked into the house or it can be where a child plays outside.
Hobbies such as hunting and fishing that use lead bullets or fish sinkers; some artist paints and furniture refinishing.
Lead in wild game
Work in industries such as construction, mining, welding or plumbing.
Working with or around lead
Water from pipes in homes built before 1987 can have lead.
Frequently asked questions about lead in drinking water
If you think you or your child has lead poisoning, ask your doctor to test your blood for lead.
Answers to health questions
What is lead?
What are the common sources of lead?
Can lead make me sick?
Who should be tested for lead?
How can lead poisoning be prevented?
Can adults get lead poisoning?
Where can I find data?
The Colorado Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program
Lead in drinking water
Cleanup and disposal
Preventing lead poisoning
Lead and Copper Rule