Healthy homes

Learn how to have a healthy home and identify and prevent lead hazards in your home.

Lead poisoning prevention

Lead paint poisoning affects over one million children today. Find out when your home, school and daycare center was built. If it was before 1978, it probably contains lead-based paint.

If your child had a blood lead level greater than 5 micrograms per deciliter ( µg/dL ), your clinic will report the test result to the Minnesota Department of Health, and it will then be reported to the Minneapolis Health Department. A Health Inspector will follow up with you to schedule a free lead paint inspection of your home to determine the source of the lead exposure.  

If you live in a rental unit in Minneapolis, you can call 311 to report non-intact paint and request a housing inspection. However, lead paint inspections can only be performed for families of children with blood lead levels greater than 5 µg/dL.

The Lead & Healthy Homes program offers a simple yet comprehensive approach to dealing with a variety of environmental concerns associated with housing for Minneapolis residents.

Some of the common problem areas are addressed on a regular basis.

Common problem areas in homes

  • Exterior (Lead-based Paint)
  • Windows (Lead-based Paint)
  • Interior (Allergens, indoor air quality)
  • Gutters & Basement (Water leaks can lead to mold)

Lead paint identification

Paint on older homes may contain lead. Learn how to identify lead paint and protect your family from potential dangers of lead poisoning in this video from the City of Minneapolis.

Lead safe work practices course

The Lead Safe Work Practices Course is designed for licensed building owners and contractors who wish to do maintenance and remodeling projects on homes built prior to 1978.


Watch "The Impact of Lead Poisoning on Crime and Learning Capacity, and How Lead Hazard Control Makes Homes Safer."

This webcast was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes. The webcast was held on March 9, 2016 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

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Minneapolis Health Department




Public Service Building
505 Fourth Ave. S., Room 520
Minneapolis, MN 55415