Loyola University Chicago

Healthy Homes & Healthy Communities

Lead poisoning is preventable

Lead poisoning can be devastating, but it is entirely preventable.

Most children are poisoned when living in homes built before 1978. It is presumed that a home built before 1978 is contaminated with lead, and the home should be tested for lead especially when there are or will be children age six years or younger in the home. Learn more about testing for lead in your home.

There are ways to reduce or eliminate lead hazards in the home. In the meantime, efforts can be made to control lead hazards. It is also important to keep children safe from lead exposure.

Certain steps should be taken to prevent lead exposure when remodeling your home.

Women who are planning to have a child can take several steps to keep themselves and their babies healthy.

Several efforts are under way in Illinois and local areas to prevent lead poisoning.