Lead Testing: What to Expect in Maine

Keeping Your Family Safe

The best way to keep your family safe from lead is to have your kids and home tested for lead.

Testing Your Home

A simple, and free, home lead dust test is available from the Maine Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program. If your house or apartment was build before 1978, it may have lead based paint. If that paint is chipping or peeling, it is even more important to find out if it is lead based paint.

Picture of chipping paint. The paint chips look like an alligator's skin, small squares and rectangles next to eachother.

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If you would like help with your home lead dust test, or more information, contact Kids Legal's Lead Paint Project.

Testing Your Kids

If your child is younger than 6 years old, and you answer yes to any of the questions below, talk to your child's doctor about a blood lead test.

  • Do you live in a home was built before 1950?
  • Do you live an a home built before 1978 where there has been recent work like painting, renovations, or repairs?
  • Do you live in a home build before 1978 that has chipping or peeling paint?
  • Does your child frequently visit an older home?
  • Does your child spend time with an adult whose job exposes them to lead?
    (Examples: construction, painting, metal cutting or recycling)
  • Does your child have a brother, sister or neighbor who has had lead poisoning?
  • Were you or your child born in another country?
  • Does your child put lots of things that are not food in his/her mouth?
  • Have you moved to an older building since your child’s last blood lead test?

What to Expect from your Home Lead Dust Test

  1. The Home Lead Dust Test is sent to the state for processing.
  2. If results are high, the state may send an inspector to look at your home.
  3. The inspector will post a notice somewhere in the building if there are lead hazards that need to be fixed.
  4. Your landlord will get a copy of the inspector's report and then an order telling them to fix the problems.
  5. Your landlord will get a copy of the inspector's report and then an order telling them to fix the problems.
     

What to Expect After a Child's Blood Lead Test

  1. If the confirmed  level is 5 µg/dL or higher the results will be sent to the state.
  2. The state will send an inspector to look at your home.
  3. The state will have someone talk to you to explain the results of the inspection.
  4. Sometimes, the state may have to follow up with you to figure out where the lead came from. Lead does not always come from someone's house. Lead can sometimes be found in makeup, toys, and even candy.
  5. Your doctor will do follow-up testing to make sure that your child's blood lead levels are going down.

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