(HealthDay News) -- Lead -- a highly toxic metal -- may lurk in your home, your workplace or at your child's school.
A prime source of exposure is lead-based paint, which was banned for use in U.S. housing in 1978. But buildings constructed before that year may still contain lead.
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The Environmental Protection Agency says other potential sources of lead include:
- Coming into contact with dust particles containing lead, often from home/office renovations or repairs in older buildings.
- Consuming food or water contaminated with lead.
- Practicing a hobby in which lead is used.
- Being exposed to older products such as batteries, ammunition, devices to shield against X-ray radiation, some ceramic products, caulking and pipe solder.
-- Diana Kohnle
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