homes built before 1978 have lead-based paint. Lead from
paint, paint chips, and dust can pose serious health hazards,
particularly to children and pregnant women. Lead in blood
can impact brain function and development.
and children can get lead into their bodies by breathing in lead
dust (especially during activities such as renovations, repair or
painting), or by swallowing lead dust that settles in food, on
food prep surfaces, floors, window sills and other places, or by
eating paint chips or soil that contains lead.
most common sources of lead in drinking water are lead pipes,
faucets, and fixtures. Other sources of lead include some
metal toys or toys painted with lead-based paint, furniture with
lead-based paint, some metal-containing jewelry, and lead-glazed
pottery or porcelain.
Lead paint on toys
YOUR HOME TESTED
your home was built before 1978, you can get it tested for lead-based
paint in the following ways:
lead-based paint inspection tells you if your home has lead-based
paint and where it's located.
lead risk assessment tells you if your home currently has any lead
hazards from paint, dust, or soil, and where they are located.
- A combination inspection and risk
assessment tells you if your home has any lead-based paint or
lead-based paint hazards and where they are located.
Contact our lead specialist at
812-738-3237, Option 1, if you have questions or concerns about
one type of lead test
YOUR CHILD TESTED
blood lead levels can seriously harm a child's brain
development. Act early to get your child tested for lead.
blood lead levels tend to increase from 6 to 12 months of age, and
tend to peak at 18 to 24 months of age.
simple blood test can detect lead. Consult your healthcare
provider for advice on blood lead testing.
lead tests are usually recommended for:
at ages 12 and 24 months (and required at these ages for
children who receive Medicaid);
or other family members who have been exposed to high levels
of lead; and
who should be tested under your state or local health