If you’re suspicious your property may contain lead piping, then you can test your water for lead. If this is found to be high, you can use a filtering device for drinking water, or replace your lead pipes with plastic.
In the meantime, running your water for a minute before drinking it will limit the amount of lead in it. Also refrain from using hot water for consumption, as lead levels tend to be higher in hot water.
Avoid lead-based products
Common products which may contain levels of lead or lead paint include old children’s toys and canned goods from abroad. It is best to avoid these or throw them away if you’re suspicious.
If your property contains lead paint, hiring a professional to remove this is recommended. The same is recommended for any tradesmen working on your home. Hiring somebody certified in lead control will limit exposure of lead to you and your property.
Wash your hands
This is more relevant for young children, as they are more likely to come into contact with lead. If they have been playing outside and their hands have dirt on, there is a chance there are lead particles in that dirt. The same goes for children’s toys which may contain lead paint. We can’t stop children playing and exploring, however getting them into the habit of washing their hands after playing and especially before they eat will limit their exposure to lead.
The same can be said for adults with a profession which means they are exposed to lead, such as mechanics. If they wear all protective equipment and wash their hands, this will go a long way in making sure high amounts of lead aren’t consumed.