Lead Poisoning Prevention Print

Danger Lead Based Paint   

According to the EPA, if your home was built before 1978, there is a good chance it has lead-based paint. In 1978, the federal government banned consumer uses of lead-containing paint, but some states banned it even earlier. Lead from paint, including lead-contaminated dust, is one of the most common causes of lead poisoning.


Lead Dust                                                                                        Lead 2

Lead in household dust results from indoor sources such as old lead paint on surfaces that are frequently in motion or bump or rub together (such as window frames), deteriorating old lead paint on any surface, home repair activities, tracking lead contaminated soil from the outdoors into the indoor environment, or even from lead dust on clothing worn at a job site.

Even in well-maintained homes, lead dust can form when lead-based paint is scraped, sanded or heated during home repair activities. Lead paint chips and dust can get on surfaces and objects that people touch. Settled lead dust can re-enter the air when the home is vacuumed or swept, or people walk through it. To reduce exposure to lead dust, it is especially important to maintain all painted surfaces in good condition, and to clean frequently, to reduce the likelihood of chips and dust forming. Using a lead-safe certified renovator to perform renovation, repair and painting jobs is a good way to reduce the likelihood of contaminating your home with lead-based paint dust.


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If your home was built before 1978, there may be a chance that there is lead based paint in your home. You will want to fix any lead hazards that your home may have.

Click here to view the EPA's Lead Poisoning Home Checklist.

 All information above was provided courtesy of the EPA


Blood Lead Testing

It is recommended that children at low risk for blood lead poisoning be tested at 12 months and again at 24 and 36 months.

Children at high risk for blood lead poisoning should be tested more frequently. Refer to page 3 of this link: IOWA BASIC LEAD TESTING CHART for more information. 

The Iowa Department of Public Health has recommended since 1992 that all children be tested for lead poisoning. Effective July 1, 2008, Iowa Law requires all children entering kindergarten to have at least one blood lead test.

Where to test:

Contact your child's Physician for more information about blood lead testing. 

SDHD provides limited free blood lead testing for children under the age of 6 who reside in Woodbury County. Call 712-234-3908 for more information.  



Physician Resources

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

       Protect Your Family from Exposures to Lead (jobs, hobbies and other activities)

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

CDC Grand Rounds Webinar: "A Renewed Commitment to Prevent Childhood Lead Exposure in the post-Flint Era". February 2019

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH)  

IDPH Printable Resources

Lead Testing Information for School Districts

Iowa Poison Control Center

Mayo Clinic: Lead Exposure Tips to Protect Your Child

City of Sioux City Lead Hazard Control Grant

Healthy Homes Coaltition Lead Poisoning Prevention Newsletter - June 2021

Healthy Homes Coalition Lead Poisoning Prevention Newsletter - February 2020