Spotlight on Lead Awareness

Kane County Healthy Places Coalition partners collaborate all year, but especially in October 2017, 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:

Our Coalition partnered with fifteen home improvement stores throughout Kane County to promote lead awareness during October 2017. 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, Lake Street, Aurora
Ace Hardware Galena Blvd., Aurora
Ace Hardware, Batvia
Ziegler Ace Hardware, Carpentersville
Menards, Elgin
Sherwin-Williams, Elgin
Pittsburgh Paints, Elgin
Ziegler Ace Hardware, Lillian Street, Elgin
Ziegler Ace Hardware, Spring Street, Elgin
Ace Hardware, Geneva
Ziegler Ace Hardware, Huntley
Lowe’s, St. Charles
Sherwin-Williams, South Elgin
Ziegler Ace Hardware, South Elgin
Ace Hardware, Sugar Grove

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! 



A FREE app, Healthy Homes Basics, from the Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes offers practical how-to guidance on how to have a safe and healthy home, right at your fingertips! On the app:

  • Practical guidance on how to have a safe and healthy home
  • Information categorized by home hazards & health impacts
  • Tests users’ knowledge with quizzes
  • Ability to share information through social media platforms
  • Connects users to more information/resources


Use the Healthy Homes App English Flyer and Spanish Flyer to distribute in your community, business, or neighborhoods.

Lead Facts:

  • There is NO safe level of lead in blood
  • Even low levels of lead in blood have been shown to affect IQ, ability to pay attention, and academic achievement       
  • Lead poisoning affects Kane County children regardless of zip code, income level, race, gender, and Medicaid/non-Medicaid coverage
  • 49 % of Kane County homes were built before 1978
  • In 2014, 4.3 percent of all children insured by Medicaid tested in Kane County had blood levels ≥ 5 µg/dL
  • In 2014, 3.2 percent of all children NOT insured by Medicaid tested in Kane County had blood levels ≥ 5 µg/dL
  • In 2014, compared to Illinois, Kane County children tested, regardless of insurance, had lower rates of blood levels ≥ 5 µg/dL.
  • The AAP recommends that health care providers provide anticipatory guidance to parents of all infants and toddlers because of normal mouthing behaviors between the ages of 6 months and 3 years.
  • Parents may not be aware that their homes, work and hobbies may present a lead hazard for their children. Frequent risk assessments and education is vital to keeping Kane kids lead free!


Why does the community need to support children who test positive for lower levels of lead?
Because we want our kids to measure up as unleaded!