Lead is often found in old paint, varnish, and household dust and dirt, in homes or apartments built before 1978. Lead poisoning is a concern for children between 6 months and 6 years of age. They can be poisoned by lead when they eat or inhale dust, paint chips, or other materials containing lead.
If your home or apartment was built before 1978, you should test for lead if you have paint that is peeling or chipping, or have windows, floors and doors that may have paint dust. You should also test for lead on surfaces with old paint or varnish before painting or remodeling.
You can collect a sample from any surface, including furniture.
Results are usually available two weeks after the sample is received by our lab. For rush orders (results in 5 working days) – call about availability and fee. Rush testing is not available on samples submitted by mail.
Mail sample and payment to:
Public Health Madison and Dane County
210 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd RM 507
Madison WI 53703
(We cannot be responsible for cash payment sent through the mail.)
Curbside Drop Off:
Monday - Friday 7:45AM to 2:00PM
City County Building – Wilson St. Entrance
Call: (608) 381-8953 upon arrival for drop off