​​​​Spotlight on Lead Awareness

Kane County Healthy Places Coalition partners collaborate all year, but especially each October, to highlight lead poisoning risks and prevention. Since lead poisoning is entirely preventable, we want to make parents and other residents aware that lead--from many sources-- continues to poison young children pregnant women and other adults in Kane County.
Data from the Illinois Department of Health show that about half of the lead-poisoned children in our region are harmed by pre-1978 paint in their homes, while others are harmed by lead in painted toys, toy jewelry, candy, or poorly glazed pottery, or through a foreign exposure.

Our Coalition is partnering with physicians, retail paint and hardware stores, and permit departments this month.

Physician Lead Picture Tool: 

Our Healthy Places Coalition has developed a new picture tool to educate parents and children on unusual sources of lead when they bring a young child in for a well child visit. Download the Physician Lead Picture Tool in English or Physician Lead Picture Tool in Spanish

Business Partner Project for Lead Awareness:

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​Our Coalition partnered with fifteen home improvement stores throughout Kane County to promote lead awareness during October 2019. Each store received an awareness poster, along with flyers and promotion materials for customers and staff to raise awareness about healthy homes and these numerous household hazards. Please stop in and thank them for their help!

Ace Hardware, 617 S. State St., Geneva
Ace Hardware, 1901 W. Wilson St., Batavia
Ace Hardware, 2144 W. Galena Blvd., Aurora
Ace Hardware, 160 E., Galena Blvd., Sugar Grove
Ace Hardware, 994 N. Lake St., Aurora
Ziegler Ace Hardware, 150 S. Kennedy Dr. Ste. 15, Carpentersville
Ziegler Ace Hardware, 215 N. Spring St., Elgin
Ziegler Ace Hardware, 1158 Lillian St., Elgin
Ziegler Ace Hardware, 301 Randall Rd., South Elgin
Home Depot, 1250 N. Orchard Rd., Aurora
Sherwin Williams, 1310 Dundee Ave., Elgin
Sherwin Williams, 466 Randall Rd., South Elgin
Sherwin Williams, 1891 Orchard Gateway Blvd., N. Aurora
Lowe's, 955 S. Randall Rd. St. Charles
Blain's Farm and Fleet. 629 S. Randall Rd., Elgin

Permit Department Outreach

Our Coalition is visiting permit departments in Kane County to gather input on ways that they can make awareness information more available to residents and contractors. A new online kit will be created that shares best practices and makes good info accessible! 


There are a number of laws in Illinois to protect residents from lead poisoning.

Local Data

The Illinois Department of Public Health collects data for all counties in the state.


In Kane County:

o   23% of children, under the age of 6, had their blood lead levels tested in 2016.

      • ​3% tested had elevated blood lead levels 

Decrease Your Lead Risk

Click the links below to learn what you can do to lower lead risk for pregnant women and children under the age of six.

  • If your child has a high level of lead, there are things you can do at home to help: click here English / Spanish
  • L​ead poisioning is caused by breathing or swallowing lead. Lead can pass from a mother to her unborn baby: click here English / Spanish​. ​