Lead Prevention Poisoning Program

Protect your family from lead poisoning

What’s so bad about lead?

LeadpoisoningposterMost lead poisoned children don’t look or act sick, but over time, even small amounts of lead can hurt a child’s rapidly growing brain.

Lead can cause:

  • Learning disabilities
  • Behavioral problems
  • Lower intelligence
  • Hearing damage
  • Language or speech delays

How do I know if my child has lead poisoning?

The only way to tell is to get a blood test. Most kids with lead poisoning don’t look or act sick.


How does lead poisoning happen?

Dust from lead paint in older homes is almost always the cause of lead poisoning.

Prevent Lead Poisoning

  • Wash children’s hands before eating and before sleeping.
  • Wash children’s toys and pacifiers.
  • Wash the wood around windows and doors.
  • Wash floors once a week.
  • Vacuum, don’t sweep (it moves lead dust around.)
  • If you need to make repairs or do maintenance use lead safe methods or hire a contractor certified in lead safe practices.

For Parents

  • Is your home healthy and safe?
  • Is your family at risk?
  • Are there hazards in your home that could be making your family sick


The Green & Healthy Homes Quiz is a quick and easy way to determine if your home has any potential hazards and what you can do to address them.

Find lead free housing in Maine.

For Landlords

Providing Healthy Housing

A Guide to Healthy Homes Laws for Rental Property Owners & Managers

List your lead free rental units on Mainehousingsearch.org

Maine’s Lead Poisoning Prevention Program landlord information.

Get information before you renovate, repair, paint.

Lead paint safety: A Field Guide

Maine’s Lead Poisoning Prevention Program www.maine.gov/healthyhomes

Call for advice: 1-866-292-3474