Lead-Safe Wisconsin

Lead Poisoning is Preventable

Governor Tony Evers proclaimed October 20 - 26 as Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Week for Wisconsin! The proclamation called for public and private partnerships that can reduce the number of new cases of lead poisoning in Wisconsin. One such partnership, The Lead-Safe Homes Program, can help low-income families living in homes older than 1978, by fixing lead hazards in their homes before children are exposed to lead. Reach out for more information about the program.


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. Learn more by clicking on the bullets below.

Last Revised: October 25, 2019