Have questions about lead? Need help or advice?
Call or text us at 808-733-9012. We are here to help the entire community (property owners, parents, grandparents, uncles, aunties, and more) keep keiki away from lead.
Why keep keiki away from lead?
Even a little lead in a child’s blood can hurt a child’s ability to learn, pay attention, and do well in school. You can give them a huge boost in school and for the rest of the lives by learning more and taking a few simple steps today. Remember, lead poisoning is preventable.
Why is lead dangerous?
Lead is a dangerous metal used in a lot of things, It hurts keiki when it gets into their bodies. As keiki start to crawl and walk, they may put things with lead or lead dust into their mouths or put fingers into their mouths after touching things. Even if you find out your keiki has lead in their bodies, there are many important things you can do to help. Call or text us at 808-733-9012 today.
Paint is the most common source of lead in Hawaii. Lead was used in house paint until 1978. Lead dust from old paint falling apart can get on things inside and outside a building. Soil can also have lead in it especially along busy roads or near the outside of buildings. Other sources include jobs/hobbies, old toys, souvenirs, dishes, antiques, and more.
How can I stop keiki from getting lead in their bodies?
- Test for lead paint in your home or anywhere keiki spend a lot of time. Do not mess with paint unless you are 100% sure there is no lead. Call or text us for help.
- If you think you might have lead paint, don’t dry sweep. Use a HEPA vacuum, wet mop, and wet paper towels to clean up. Wash toys and teethers often to remove lead dust.
- Take shoes or slippers off before coming inside.
- Don’t let keiki play in dirt near busy roads or next to buildings.
- Don’t let keiki play where paint is chipping, peeling, or falling apart.
- Don’t let keiki play with old toys. Toys made after 2012 were tested for lead and are a much safer option.
- Don’t let keiki put stuff in their mouths like dirt, paint chips, jewelry, fishing sinkers, souvenirs, and anything found on the ground.
Mealtime and Snacks
- Make sure keiki wash hands before eating or putting fingers in their mouths. Sanitizer doesn’t work on lead.
- Don’t use antique, old, or damaged dishes for eating and drinking. Look for the lead-free label.
- Give keiki regular meals with lots of calcium, iron, and vitamin C.
- Don’t use spices or food bought or labeled for sale outside the USA.
- Don’t use the hot water tap for cooking, drinking, or baby formula.
Work and Hobbies
- If you work with lead, change into clean clothes and shower before getting in your car/truck or going home.
- Wash work clothes separately from other laundry and use an extra rinse cycle.
- Store work gear and hobby supplies out of keiki’s reach.
- Don’t melt lead or cast sinkers near where keiki live or play.
- If keiki touch anything that might have lead on it, wash hands well with soap and water right away. Sanitizer doesn’t work on lead.
Is there anything else I can do?
A simple blood test is the only way to know if keiki have lead in their bodies.
Keiki should get tested at 1 and 2 years of age, and later if never tested before. If keiki gets insurance from QUEST, testing is required and it’s FREE. Most other insurance plans cover testing at low or no cost. Ask your keiki’s health care provider about a simple blood test. It is okay to test at other times too if you and your doctor think your keiki may have lead in their bodies.
Learn more with one of the links below.
MY FAMILY – Learn about lead, where it can be found, and how to keep your family safe.
MY HOME – Learn about lead in paint, water, and dust.
MY WORK – Learn how to prevent your jobs and hobbies from bringing lead into the home.
MY PATIENTS – Learn about probable lead sources, when/how to test keiki for lead, and the effects of exposure.
HANDOUTS – Read, print, and order free coloring books, board books, and colorful flyers available in multiple languages.
EVENTS – Join us at our next Lead Testing Station event and have your own items tested for lead. Testing is quick, free, and experts are available to help.
Call us for help. It’s free and easy.
The Hawaii Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (HI-CLPPP) is committed to helping the community:
- Prevent keiki from being exposed to lead.
- Identify keiki already exposed to lead so the source can be removed.
- Link families with recommended services.
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Honolulu, Hawaii 96816