Protect your family from lead poisoning
What’s so bad about lead?
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.
- 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.
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