Sources: Automobile exhaust. Sanding or open flame burning of lead based paint. Activities involving lead solder.
Health effects: Impaired mental and physical development in both fetuses and young children. Decreased coordination and mental abilities; damage to kidneys and nervous system, and red blood cells. May increase blood pressure.
Steps to reduce exposure: If you suspect that pain you are removing may contain lead, have it tested; leave lead based paint undisturbed, do not sand or burn off. If lead exposure is suspected, consult your health department about appropriate removal and clean-up procedures and have your blood lead levels tested.