HUD Lead Resources for Patients and Parents

Posted on: August 3, 2010

Safe and Healthy Homes

Safe and Healthy Homes is a primary prevention partnership linking parents and resources in an effort to abate lead hazards before toddlers begin crawling and exploring the home environment.  Safe and Healthy Homes is funded by the Environmental Protection Agency and the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The US Department of Housing and Urban development (HUD) made the following resources available to providers to inform patients about the risks of lead in the home.  These resources can be displayed in the office, or provided to patients and parents as hand-outs.

Child Coloring Activity: Look Out for Lead (.pdf)

This printable activity sheet provides information about lead dangers in the home while allowing children to color-in familiar scenes from the home.

HUD Lead Fact Sheet (.pdf)

“Despite progress, lead poisoning remains one of the top childhood environmental health problems today.”

President’s Task Force on Environmental Health Risks and Safety Risks to Children

Did you know…

Many homes built before 1978 have lead based paint?

24 million homes in the United States have peeling or chipping lead-based paint or high levels of lead in dust?

Infants, children under six, and pregnant women should have their blood tested for lead?

In the United States, children from low income families are eight times more likely to get lead poisoned? [...more]

Lead Paint Can Poison: Is Your Family at Risk? (.pdf)

This resource from HUD is intended to educate parents about the risks of lead in older homes.

HUD Wants You to Learn the Facts about Lead Paint

Q. Where is lead paint found?

A. Most homes built before 1978 have some lead paint. Homes built before 1960 have the most lead paint. Lead can be present on any painted surface, but it is most often found on windows, trim, doors, railings, columns, porches and outside walls. Surfaces that have been repainted may have layers of lead paint underneath. A lead inspection can tell you where lead paint is located in your home. [...more]


For more information about lead poisoning prevention and the Safe and Healthy Homes Project, please contact:

Jennie Pinkwater
Director,Prevention Projects
1400 W. Hubbard
Chicago, IL 60642
312/733-1026, ext 213
Fax: 312/733-1791