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Happy, Healthy, Lead-Free Me!

Simple Steps and Resources for Parents

1. Become Educated About Lead

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The first step in preventing lead poisoning is education.

Visit these links to:

Protect Your Family from Lead in Your Home - EPA brochure

2. Test Your Home for Lead

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Houses and apartment buildings built before 1978 may contain lead-based paint and lead dust. It is important to test your home for lead, especially if you have young children or are planning future renovations.

You can get your home tested for lead by:

For examples of some commonly available EPA-recognized lead test kits:

3M™ LeadCheck™ Swabs
D-Lead Paint Test Kit

3. Renovate Right

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Home renovation creates dust. If your home was built prior to 1978, home renovations and repairs may create lead dust. Make sure renovating professionals are certified in lead-safe work practices, and they have checked for lead and provided you with the The Lead-Safe Certified Guide to Renovate Right booklet before work begins.

Visit these links to:

EPA Lead-safe Certified Firm logo

The lead safe certified guide to Renovate Right - EPA Brochure


4. Test Your Child

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It is widely recommended that children’s lead levels be tested at age 1 year, and again, a second test, at age 2 years. Lead level tests can be done at the doctor’s office, during Well Child Check visits. Talk to your doctor about your child’s risk factors for lead poisoning.

Visit these links to:

Questions? The National Lead Information Center (NLIC) runs a Lead Information Hotline to answer questions about lead, lead hazards and their prevention.

Call 1 (800) 424-LEAD [5323] and speak with a specialist Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Eastern time (except federal holidays).


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Meet the Coauthors

Gail C. Gettens, MS, ECMP and Knatalie Vetter enjoy working together in the NH Division of Public Health Services, Healthy Homes and Lead Poisoning Prevention Program. Each is the mother of three children, and both women have dedicated much of their professional careers to educating families on lead poisoning prevention and the importance of lead level testing for young children.

Meet the Illustrator

Allison Valentine, artist and illustrator, spends her time creating fun and colorful artwork. She has illustrated numerous children’s books including the CDC’s “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” book series. She lives in Connecticut with her husband, two young daughters and three cats—all of whom inspire her art. Email Allison for more information.

Meet the Designer

Faith Bouchard is a graphic designer and project manager at JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc and works out of JSI’s Northern New England office. Faith has supported lead poisoning prevention in New Hampshire since 2015.

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