National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week Oct. 23-29

October 27, 2022

The City of Minneapolis has ways to help you protect your family from lead poisoning during National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week and all year. Young children and pregnant women have the greatest risks for lead poisoning, but people and animals of any age can have health problems from lead exposure. Lead poisoning can damage the brain and other vital organs.

Healthy Homes

Homes built before 1978 likely have lead-based paint, which can cause health problems if the paint is not properly maintained. Windows, porches and doors with deteriorated paint should be regularly monitored and renovated with the help of a licensed professional contractor. Soil exposed to lead may also pose a health risk to children, pets or urban gardeners because of contamination from lead paint chips or exhaust fumes from leaded gasoline.

If your child tests positive for lead poisoning, we'll send a Healthy Homes inspector to help find and remove the source of the lead. The City has information and resources to help Minneapolis residents learn about and prevent lead hazard risk on your property.

Read more about the Healthy Homes program and other resources for lead safety on the City website.

Test your tap water system

If your property is in the City of Minneapolis, you can have your tap water tested for free. The City delivers safe, lead-free water to your property. The City also treats Minneapolis water to help stop any lead in your property’s water service line and indoor house pipes from dissolving into your drinking water. But testing your drinking water is the only way to find out if lead is present.

For information about how lead can get into water and to request a free test kit, visit the City website.