What are common household items made of lead?

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You might not find very many items, especially with significant amounts of lead, since the element is toxic to humans. But if your house was built before 1978, it might have some lead in the paint (paint with more than 0.06% lead was banned then). You might also find some crystal made with lead - pieces made by Steuben, Swarovski, and Waterford are lead crystal. But the one place you'll find a lot of lead is in your car battery. That's why they're so heavy. It's also why, when you go to the auto parts store to buy a new one, they take the old one for recycling - they don't want all that lead to end up in a landfill, where it can get into the ground water. A couple of other places - if you have any ammunition, the bullets are usually lead, and if you have any fishing tackle, the sinkers (weights) are often lead. Both of these might change in the future, as manufacturers become more concerned about the environment. more
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