Information for Families

Cleaning where lead hazards exist

  • Rent a HepaVac and do a thorough cleaning while children and pregnant women are outside the home.

  • Professional cleaning agencies that have experience with Lead safe cleaning standards may be of assistance.

  • Regular cleaning tips.

  • Use Dustwipes to do spot clean ups after a thorough cleaning.

Report Lead Hazards. Chipping, peeling, deteriorated paint or bare soil.

Demand Disclosure. Landlord must deliver a written notice of known lead hazards in properties built before 1978. Here's the law. Here's where to complain. Or at US EPA Region V.

Maintenance staff and contractors are required to use lead safe practices in pre-1978 properties. Here's the law. Here's where to complain. Or at US EPA Region V.

Self testing your rental unit. Over the counter Lead Testing kits can give an indication of a lead hazard, but they are no substitute for a lead risk assessment by a state licensed professional. Low income renters may be eligible for DIY lead testing from CLASH.

Unsafe demolition in your neighborhood? Contact US EPA Region 5 at once.

Information for Tenants

If a public agency fails to respond to your complaints, feel free to contact CLASH at 216-359-1060 (voice or text) or

Training for Lead Safe Remediation

Lead Safe Workers