Lead Poisoning Prevention

Lead Poisoning Prevention
and Education Resources for
Parents and Families

Lead poisoning is a serious health concern, especially for young children. If you’re concerned about lead exposure in your home or community, explore the resources on this page. We have gathered helpful information on:

  • the effects of lead poisoning
  • how your child can be exposed to lead
  • how to limit your child’s exposure to lead
  • why it is important to have your child tested for lead poisoning
  • how and where to have your child tested
  • what to do if your child is diagnosed with lead poisoning

Use these resources to help protect the health and well-being of your child. Remember, infants and toddlers under the age of three are at higher risk for lead poisoning, so it’s important to get started today.

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Lead Source Guide

Learn where lead is commonly found like lead based paint, soil, and more.

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Lead Pregnancy: Keeping Your Baby Safe (English/Spanish)

Lead is stored in bone, so even if your lead exposure occurred in the past, you can still have it in your body and pass it to your baby.

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Keep Your Kids Safe and Get Them Tested for Lead

Anyone can be exposed to lead, but children are at greatest risk. Lead can also be passed from a pregnant mother to her unborn child.

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How to Reduce Lead Dust in Your Home

Homes built before 1978 are at highest risk to contain lead-based paint or dust. Download the flyer for cleaning tips and a checklist.

Case Management Timeline

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Lead Testing Guidelines (CDPH)

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Child Lead Wellness Check Video

Watch to learn more about what to expect after your child's wellness check at ages 1, 2, and 3.

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Keep Your Kids Safe and Get Them Tested for Lead

Anyone can be exposed to lead, but children are at greatest risk. Lead can also be passed from a pregnant mother to her unborn child.

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Blood Lead Levels in Children: What Parents Need to Know

Usually, there are no obvious signs or symptoms if a child is exposed to lead. A blood test is an easy way to find out.

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5 Things You Can Do to Help Lower Your Child's Lead Level

If your child has a high lead level, there are things you can do at home to help.

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Lead Poisoning Prevention Overview

Learn about lead poisoning prevention and steps you can take to prevent it.

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Protect Your Family from Sources of Lead

Lead from paint, dust, and soil in and around your home can be dangerous if not managed properly.

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Lead Source Guide

Learn where lead is commonly found like lead based paint, soil, and more.

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Lead in Drinking Water

Learn about sources lead in your home and how it affects drinking water.

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Lead Dust Clean Up Checklist

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Sources of Lead Exposure Infographic

Homes built before 1978 probably contain lead-based paint. When the paint peels and cracks, it makes poisonous lead dust that is harmful when swallowed or breathed.

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Home Renovation Lead Safety

Learn simple, important steps you should take to keep yourself and others safe throughout the renovation.

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How to Reduce Lead Dust in Your Home

Homes built before 1978 are at highest risk to contain lead-based paint or dust. Download the flyer for cleaning tips and a checklist.

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Lead Dust Clean-Up and Control (Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention 2023 Report, Chicago)

Learn temporary cleaning techniques. Contact the Chicago Department of Public Health if you are concerned about lead in your home.

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Protect Your Family From Lead in Your Home

Lead from paint, chips, and dust can pose serious health hazards. Learn what you can do to protect your family and where to go for more information.

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Lead Environmental Inspection Process

Follow the timeline of the lead inspection process with this infographic.

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Lead and Pregnancy: Keeping Your Baby Safe (English & Spanish)

Lead is stored in bone, so even if your lead exposure occurred in the past, you can still have it in your body and pass it to your baby.

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IDPH Annual Surveillance Report 2020

This report is intended to serve as a standard public reference for for all who seek information on Illinois lead poisoning prevention.

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Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention 2023 Report (Chicago)

A data report with strategies to reduce childhood lead poisoning in Chicago.

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