Lead-Safe Wisconsin

Lead Poisoning is Preventable

In Wisconsin, lead poisoning is most often linked to lead in the paint and varnish in our older homes. We say lead poisoning is typically a housing-based disease. Lead poisoning is caused by swallowing or breathing in dust from lead-based paint in older homes. This disease affects everyone—adults, pregnant women and our most vulnerable citizens—young children. Lead causes injury to the brain and other body systems and can last a lifetime and across generations. Fortunately, it is 100% preventable. This website includes basic information on how to protect yourself and your family from exposure to lead. This information is intended for parents, pregnant women, homeowners, adults who work with lead, health care professionals, and the general public.


Last Revised: July 12, 2019