Lead in household items

Lead is present in many everyday household items. Modern laws control the levels of lead in many items, however, some older products or those manufactured in some overseas countries, may contain high levels of lead that can be a health hazard. Young children and unborn babies are at greatest risk from lead exposure.

The most common product containing lead is lead-acid car batteries. Lead-acid batteries are also used in boats, caravans, camper trailers, and camping solar systems. Smaller lead-acid batteries can be used in household items such as alarm systems and computer power supplies.

For a list of household items that could have lead lurking in them, check out:

Further information

For further information on lurking lead in household items, contact SA Health's Scientific Services on (08) 8226 7100.