Resources for Families

Three steps that families can take to address lead hazards at home

  • Cleaning can reduce lead exposure.

  • Identifying Lead hazards in your home.

  • Report Lead Hazards to your landlord and City of Cleveland.

Step 1: Cleaning your home.

  • EPA has a handbook on steps families can take to protect their children from lead exposure. Your landlord should have provided a copy of this document at the beginning of your tenancy.

  • Rent a HepaVac and do a thorough cleaning. Deep cleaning will raise some dust so make sure the children and pregnant women are outside the home for at least 8 hours after the cleaning.

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

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

  • Routine cleaning tips.

  • Tips for safe drinking water

    • One suggestion the article forgot: let your tap water run for a minute before using the water for drinking or cooking. Flushing out the standing water can reduce lead levels.

Step 2 Identifying Lead Hazards in your home

Step 3: Report Lead Hazards to your landlord and the City of Cleveland

  • Notify your landlord in writing of the test results and any signs of chipping, peeling or deteriorating paint surfaces. Email or Text Message is a written notice. KEEP A COPY. CLASH can provide a Sample letter that you can use. Call or text 216-359-1060 or email

  • Then: Report your complaint Cleveland’s Citizen Complaint Line. Dial 311 or email:

Lead Safety Primers


If you fail to get a response from your landlord or the City of Cleveland, contact CLASH to learn more about your rights.