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Lead Protection

Don’t Spread Lead is a Do-It-Yourselfer’s Guide to preventing lead poisoning by working lead-safe.

Are you getting ready to fix up or do repairs on an older home? If your home was built before 1978, it MAY contain lead paint. And if you do repairs or renovations without taking proper precautions, you could put yourself, your family, and your community at risk for lead poisoning, a very serious illness.

Anyone can get lead poisoning but lead is especially dangerous for unborn babies, infants, young children, and pregnant women. Lead can harm a child’s brain, and can cause lifelong learning and behavior problems. Lead can also harm older children and adults. 

If your home has lead paint, then common home improvement activities — such as sanding and scraping an old windowsill or removing paint with a heat gun — can produce dangerous lead dust, chips, and fumes. Don’t Spread Lead shows you how to handle small repairs or renovations safely.  

Lead Source Reduction

Lead Source Reduction includes environmental health follow-up services through referrals based on elevated blood lead screening of children under the age of six. The objective is to identify lead sources and exposures in the child’s environment and recommend the necessary corrective action. The follow-up evaluations are conducted as a team effort with Personnel Health Division staff and the follow-up activity ensures compliance. When necessary, a referral is made to the appropriate housing authority for legal action. Lead reduction efforts in the water supply program are limited to consultations, informational pamphlet distribution and referrals to the MDPH or private laboratories for water analysis.