Lead can be toxic if taken internally. It is sold to adults as ballast weight for pinewood derby cars. It is not sold for use by children.
To minimize risk when using lead:
- Keep lead away from your mouth,
- Wash hands after handling lead,
- Avoid use around water, food, or food preparation areas,
- Properly dispose of any lead fragments,
- To minimize lead fragments, cut lead with cutting pliers; do not use a saw to cut lead,
- Avoid sanding lead with sandpaper,
- Do not melt lead as the fumes are toxic and the lead can pop and splatter, causing eye and skin injuries.