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Child lead testing events

We are bringing a mobile testing lab to your neighborhood. A blood test is the only way to know if your child has lead poisoning.

Lead poisoning can cause serious health issues, such as: 

  • Learning problems
  • Behavioral problems
  • Slowed growth
  • Hearing problems
  • Developmental problems

Test your child if they:

  • Are under 6 years old
  • Live in a home built before 1978
  • Live in a home with recent repairs to painted wood trim, walls, or floors
  • If you are concerned for your child’s health
  • Have a playmate or sibling with lead in his or her blood

Lead poisoning is 100% preventable. Please get your children tested at one of the many testing events we host throughout the year or from your family doctor.

Event dates and times 

June 8
Centro - Kinder Garden Graduation
1915 Chicago Ave. S.
3-6 p.m.  

June 19
Juneteenth on W. Broadway
Lyndale to Emerson
noon to 6 p.m.

July 1 
Baby & me - Baby Shower
2924 Fourth Ave. S. 
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

July 15
Jordan Week of Kindness
Irving (30th-31st)
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

July 22
Camden Summer Event
4150 Dupont Ave. N. 
2-4:30 p.m. 

Aug. 1
Freemont Family Fun Fest-Clinic
3300 Freemont Ave. N. 
4-7 p.m. 

Aug. 2
Hawthorne National Night Out
2929 Emerson Ave. N
6-8 p.m. 

Aug. 23
Folwell Park - Ice Cream Social 
1615 Dowling Ave. N. 
6-8 p.m. 

Aug. 26
Urban League
Plymouth Ave. & Logan
noon to 7 p.m. 

Sept. 16
West Broadway Open Streets
Lyndale to Penn
11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Sept. 17
Mexican Independence Day 
Lake St. & Clinton Ave. 
noon to 7 p.m. 

Oct. 8
Open Streets Lyndale
W. 22nd St. - W. 42nd St. 
11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Oct. 21
Fall event - Camden Collective 
4150 Dupont Ave. N. 
2-4:30 p.m. 


Leadie Eddie child lead testing van



Lead-paint protection

How to properly clean your windows

The most common cause of lead exposure in homes is from lead-paint dust.

This video shows how to properly clean your windows to keep paint particles and dust from spreading.


Lead-paint dust in your home


The most common cause of lead exposure in homes is lead-paint dust. If you live in or are thinking about buying a house built before 1978*:

  • Find out if there is lead paint in your home
  • Repair any deteriorating paint on the inside or outside of your property
  • Make sure children and pets aren't chewing on railings and other paint-covered surfaces

Watch the YouTube video in English to learn more about lead safety in your home

Watch the YouTube video in other languages

Health risks

Young children and pregnant women are at the greatest risk.

Lead poisoning can cause damage to the brain and other vital organs.

People and animals of any age can experience health problems from exposure to lead.

Testing children

If your home was built before 1978*, talk to your pediatrician about testing your child's lead level. 

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.

*In 1978 the federal government banned consumer use of lead-based paint.

Contact us

Minneapolis Health Department




Public Service Building
505 Fourth Ave. S., Room 520
Minneapolis, MN 55415