CARROLLTON, Mo – According to Lancet Public Health, nearly 412,000 deaths every year in the United States can be attributed to lead contamination. During the 20th century widespread use of the metal was seen in gasoline and painting products. Strict regulations outlawed the use of lead in most products, but the presence of lead can still be a problem.

The Environmental Protection Agency wants the public to know about this lingering danger with the National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week this week around the country. Lead poisoning can come from all different types of sources in our daily lives, but steps can be taken to prevent this hidden hazard.

Listen to Friday’s Newsmaker below for information on lead and tips on on how to keep your family safe.