What is lead?
Lead is a naturally occurring, poisonous metal. Lead was an ingredient in paint until 1978 and may still be included in small amounts in some commercial products, such as pottery, jewelry and toys.
Lead can be harmful if you breathe it in or swallow it. It is most harmful to young children and unborn babies.
When lead paint cracks and peels, it makes lead chips and lead dust. Lead dust contains tiny bits of lead that you cannot see.
If you have lead dust in your home, children may get it on their hands or toys. They can swallow the lead dust when they put their hands or toys in their mouths.
Adults can breathe in lead dust if they work with old paint or other things with lead. Removing old paint from homes is a common way that adults breathe in lead.