Is lead really still a problem?

Yes. Even though lead- based paint was banned decades ago, it may still be in older homes built before 1978. Peeling, cracking, or chipping paint can create lead dust. Hobbies and jobs still can involve working with lead, and imported or vintage items such as cookware, dishes, toys, and jewelry also can contain high levels of lead, as can certain traditional remedies or cosmetics.

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1. Is lead really still a problem?
2. If I’m buying or renting a home built before 1978, should I ask whether lead testing has been done on the house?
3. What should I do if I find out my home has lead-based paint?
4. What can I do to protect my child from lead?
5. Are there foods that can help reduce my child’s lead level?
6. What are common sources of lead?