How can lead exposure be reduced?

One precaution is to flush the tap water each morning for about one minute, or until cold, to clear out lead that accumulates overnight. Use only cold water for drinking and cooking. Hot water is more likely to dissolve lead into the water than cold water and may contain more lead as a result.

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1. Exactly what is lead?
2. How does lead get into a home's water supply?
3. How can I tell what kind of pipes my home has?
4. How does lead affect people?
5. How is lead in our drinking water regulated?
6. How can I tell if my water has lead in it?
7. How can lead exposure be reduced?