Homes Built after 1978
Lead may still be found in the paint on toys which was banned in the U.S. but still widely used in other countries. Lead may also be found on older toys made in the U.S. prior to the ban.
Furthermore, the use of lead in plastics has not been banned. Lead softens plastic making it more flexible so that it can go back to its original shape. It may also be used in plastic toys to stabilize molecules from heat. Lead dust can be formed when plastic is exposed to sunlight, air, and detergents that break down the chemical bond between the lead and plastics.
Lead is also used in making alloys with other metals.
If you have a small child in your household, make sure the child does not have access to toys, jewelry or other items that may contain lead. You can get a comprehensive lead inspection using and XRF Analyzer to find out whether there is lead in any of the products in your home.