Lead Removal

Lead poisoning is the most common environmental illness affecting children. Illinois has higher rates of childhood lead poisoning than any other state in the United States. Elevated lead rates are caused primarily from breathing in contaminated dust from old le​ad-based paint in homes built before 1978. Secondary sources of lead poisoning come from cooking with leaded pottery and eating lead-based paint chips.

Lead Data in Kane County:
​According to the 2018 Illinois Lead Program and Healthy Homes Annual Surveillance Report, Kane County has the fourth highest county rate of childhood lead poisoning in the state. Nearly 1,500 children in Kane are known to have elevated blood lead levels.

Lead Safe Work Practices Corner


Keep your child Lead free!
Prevention of Lead Poisoning is simple, if Homeowners follow the presentable measures found at these links:

Free brochures available through Information Order forms below:

  • Prevention: How to Protect Against Lead Poisoning (IDPH)
  • Work Lead Safe Tear Offs. Lead Safety Checklist, English and Spanish (EPA)


The risk of lead is preventable, if Contractors follow the recommended measures at these links:

Free brochures available through Information Order forms below:

  • Renovate Right (EPA)
  • Small Entity Compliance Guide to Renovate Right (IDPH)

Contractors working on homespaint with lead paint are required to follow the EPA’s Renovation, Repair, and Painting lead law (RRP).
RRP provides guidelines for protection against renovation activities that can disturb lead dust such as sanding, cutting and demolition​.

Links & Resources

Healthy Places Coalition Page
Healthy Places Lead Page
Environmental Health Main Page
Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention
EPA Lead webpage