The kitchen, with dishwashing soap, cans of food, drinking water from the faucet and a gas stove.

Kitchen Hazard: Lead Pipes

A long time ago, lead was used to make water pipes. In older homes and buildings, lead can get into water by coming off of old lead pipes. Too much lead in water can be harmful, particularly to children. If you live in an old home, check with your mom and dad about having the water tested for lead.

Kitchen Hazard: Lead Lined Cans

Some foods from foreign countries are stored in cans made with lead. You can tell if a can has been put together with lead if it has a silver gray smear along the seams of the can. If you see one, don't eat the food, and throw away both the food and the can.

Kitchen Hazard: Carbon Monoxide from the Stove

Carbon monoxide is a gas that you cannot smell, see, or taste. Carbon monoxide can be a problem in a kitchen with a gas stove that has not been lighted properly. Breathing in too much carbon monoxide can be very, very dangerous.

Kitchen Hazard: Chlorine in Dishwashing Detergent

Chlorine is used in some forms of dishwashing detergent, bleach, and other cleaning chemicals. Chlorine is very powerful, and if it gets mixed with other chemicals in your home, it can release a harmful gas.