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Whenever I re-qualify the guys on my job I remind them of this. When I go home after a day on the range, I won't go near my children with the clothes that have been exposed to lead for the 4 hours of shooting. I put them right in the wash and take a shower. Then I feel comfortable hugging my little ones.

By the way, that is a cool shower as hot showers allow the lead to absorb into your skin.

Just thought that I would share that.
 

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While I will accept the fact that lead can be toxic, I think there is FAR too much government hype over normal daily exposure even from gun ranges. I firmly believe the hype over lead, mercury, arsenic, global warming, endangered species, and an array of other substances, is a lot of junk science in the name of higher taxes and more control over our lives. That being said, I would never condemn you for your after range hygiene. As a matter of fact it sounds like a good plan.
I also like your avatar. If I were to steal it, I would make one small change to fit my feelings. It would say, "DON'T BLAME ME, I VOTED FOR SARAH PALIN".
 

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NY 27. Thanks for the reminder.

My job has the potential for a fair amount of lead exposure. It is always good to take basic measures like washing hands, showering, and washing clothes. Remember exposure is cumulative from day to day, week to week, and month to month.

Lead is particularly problematic for children.

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I never thought about it until now. I think some of my loose screws were caused by lead exposure. If I tried tightening them up, they'd probably just strip out, so I'll just go around rattle headed from now on. It may also be a very good reason why I don't have to pay child support as well. Is it lead exposure that makes one sterile, or was it those malaria pills I had to take in the service? Well, I probably get more lead exposure fishing than I do shooting anyway. If it's one thing I had to give up to limit my exposure to lead, maybe I'll just have to quit chewing on drinking straws and smoke more cigarettes.
 

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Always a good plan to limit exposure to any toxic elements, especially when children are concerned. The cumulative effect is problematic so anything you can do to limit what you expose the family to is a good thing.

Many years ago I worked in a tungsten carbide plant, plenty of carcinogens there. Many times I'd have to shower with a green Scotch Bright pad and a bar of lava to get clean. We had a fine washer/dryer set at home but once a week I'd carry my dirty work clothes to the laundry mat and use a triple loader to keep the family's exposure down.
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Good advice for those with pets too.
 

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Inhaled lead is far more easily absorbed than ingested and far, far more easily absorbed when inhaled than soaked in through the skin.
Your counsel is wise: it shows a careful nature: but my greater concern is for clean air to breathe.
Voice of experience here.
My wife started having health issues due to high metals content.
She grew up in an area with an aluminum smelting plant and a coal fired power plant in the river valley.
Coal puts multiple metals into the air including mercury; aluminum smelting puts aluminum and nickel into the air; the area has an unusually high rate of brain cancers.
Shower, yes, that's fine, but make sure you've got a good air exchange.
 

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Whenever I re-qualify the guys on my job I remind them of this. When I go home after a day on the range, I won't go near my children with the clothes that have been exposed to lead for the 4 hours of shooting. I put them right in the wash and take a shower. Then I feel comfortable hugging my little ones.

By the way, that is a cool shower as hot showers allow the lead to absorb into your skin.

Just thought that I would share that.
Thanks for the reminder. We have about 25 kids in our 4-H Shooting Sports program. We are fortunate that we get to shoot a lot all year around. I have access to the local FOP lodge and range. One of the things I always insist upon is that the kids bring no water or food into range area, and that they wash their hands prior to leaving or eating or drinking. Wash with cold water, rinse with cold water, then warm water, but never hot water.

As for the "hype", lead buildup is cumulative. Nothing over night. There may be some controversy on just how much, but considering the fact that we are shooting pellet rifles and pistols more than rim and center fire, and the kids are handling magazines and lead pellets, I feel responsible to at least minimize the possibilities of long-term problems.

What you have done with your post is a "public service" announcement for those of us who not only shoot, but who also work with youth and adult shooting sports programs. Thanks very much.
 

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I never even thought about that. I know I prefer the out door ranges because of the fresh air vs ventilated, not to mention the smoke, but I never gave much of a thought about the residue on my clothing. Thanks for the tip.:hand5:
 

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Upon a few hours of shooting at the range...
Hands are washed at the range, clothes dumped into the washer, and a quick shower...then it's to cleaning guns...:yup:
 

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Whenever I re-qualify the guys on my job I remind them of this. When I go home after a day on the range, I won't go near my children with the clothes that have been exposed to lead for the 4 hours of shooting. I put them right in the wash and take a shower. Then I feel comfortable hugging my little ones.

By the way, that is a cool shower as hot showers allow the lead to absorb into your skin.

Just thought that I would share that.
+1 We do the same :yup:
I must say i did not know about the hot shower though :scratchchin:
 

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When it comes to your children, you can never be too careful with their health. If changing clothes, doing separate laundry, and a nice shower is going to make the tiniest impact on their health, then I'm all for it.

+1 We do the same :yup:
I must say i did not know about the hot shower though :scratchchin:
Steam opens your skin's pores, causing more things to get in them. I used to work in ceilings and had a lot of exposure to fiber glass insulation... same thing applied.
 

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Good tip, thanks for posting.

+1 on preferring outdoor ranges. That's also why I prefer copper jacketed or plated bullets too.
 

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"By the way, that is a cool shower as hot showers allow the lead to absorb into your skin."

Above statement NOT factually correct.

You can take a nice steamy hot shower. :yup:

Inorganic Metallic Lead particulate is not absorbed through the skin.

Organic Lead compounds such as tetraethyl Lead can be absorbed through the skin but, that is not a factor with inorganic particulate Lead metal shooting residue.

Just FYI.
 

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"By the way, that is a cool shower as hot showers allow the lead to absorb into your skin."

Above statement NOT factually correct.

You can take a nice steamy hot shower. :yup:

Inorganic Metallic Lead particulate is not absorbed through the skin.

Organic Lead compounds such as tetraethyl Lead can be absorbed through the skin but, that is not a factor with inorganic particulate Lead metal shooting residue.

Just FYI.

I was just passing info that the FBI Firearms Instructor School provided. There are always contradicting studies. I'll err on the side of caution.
 

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Tepid Water

Wash with cold water, rinse with cold water, then warm water, but never hot water.
Actually tepid (ie body temp) water should be used. Cold water can cause the pores to close thereby keeping whatever contaminants that are on the skin (ie in the pores) there. Hot water causes the pores to open and that is not good. :aaa: Since I started shooting I too have to worry about lead. Before that, I was in the nuclear power program in the navy we had other contaminants to worry about.
 

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Be careful not to expose growing children to Lead.

I'm certainly not adverse to any adults taking whatever precautions they deem necessary but, the real danger due to Lead poisoning in adults has been greatly exaggerated.

In addition to extensive shooting of Lead reloads - I was exposed to Lead every single day (well, 5 days a week) when when I worked in a statuary foundry for seven years.
I was casting it, grinding it, polishing it, soldering it, melting it, electro-plating it, name it....and since I have Tinnitus I decided to get checked for Lead & Mercury levels and my test results came back Negative/"0"

BUT, my Tinnitus IS shooting related so DO, always wear hearing protection. :yup:

And Yes, the Romans had serious problems with Lead but, they used powdered Lead as a food seasoning because they loved the sweet metallic taste of it. So powdered lead was commonly sprinkled on food.
And with their water pipes, drinking vessels, and plates constructed of it and storing their wine in Lead containers and its extensive use in face powers and cosmetics and medications they were just super-saturated with it.
 

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I knew you'd want to shower and change clothes before going to the airport but never thought of the health hazard. :smile:
 

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While I will accept the fact that lead can be toxic, I think there is FAR too much government hype over normal daily exposure even from gun ranges. I firmly believe the hype over lead, mercury, arsenic, global warming, endangered species, and an array of other substances, is a lot of junk science in the name of higher taxes and more control over our lives. That being said, I would never condemn you for your after range hygiene. As a matter of fact it sounds like a good plan.
It all depends on the ventilation (or lack thereof) at your range. I was shooting at a range for my UPP (unrestricted pistol permit) and was warned to take a shower and wash up before eating.

I decided to use my neti pot to rinse my sinuses too. It took three rinsings of both sides until I didn't see silvery colored chips.

So now I take the lead exposure really seriously.
 
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