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Posted on: August 15, 2022

Tips to Help Prevent Lead Poisoning When Living in a Home Built BEFORE 1978

A future lead safe & healthy home in Pocatello.

Help Prevent Lead Poisoning if Living in a Home Built BEFORE 1978:

  • Mop smooth floors (using a damp mop) weekly to control dust
  • Vacuum carpets and upholstery to remove dust, preferably using a vacuum with a HEPA filter or a “higher efficiency” collection bag
  • Take off shoes when entering the house
  • Pick up loose paint chips carefully with a paper towel; wipe the surface clean with a wet paper towel
  • Take precautions to avoid creating lead dust when remodeling, renovating, or maintaining your home
  • Have it checked for lead hazards by a lead professional (including the soil)

*You may qualify for free assistance, contact the City of Pocatello Lead Safe and Healthy Homes Program at 208-252-0125.

Protecting your children from Lead poisoning

  • Frequently wash your child’s hands and toys to reduce exposure
  • Use cold tap water for drinking and cooking
  • Avoid using home remedies (such as arzacon, greta, pay-loo-ah, or litargirio) and cosmetics (such as kohl or alkohl) that contain lead
  • Have your child’s blood lead level tested at ages 1 and 2. 

Have your child's blood tested from age 3 to 6, if they have not been tested before and:

  • They live in or regularly visit a house built before 1950
  • They live in or regularly visit a house built  before 1978 with ongoing or recent renovations or remodeling
  • They have a sibling or playmate who has or did have lead poisoning

Please contact Cynthia Billmeyer, Planning and Development Services Outreach Coordinator, with the City of Pocatello Lead Safe and Healthy Program at 208-252-0125.

The Lead Safe and Healthy Homes Program may be able to make your home lead safe and healthy at no cost to you.

Visit for more information.

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