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Free Test Kits

This Page Originally Published: October 2, 2013
Last Updated: September 14, 2016

NOTICE: We have received so many requests for kits we have fallen behind in sending them out. We are therefore putting this program on hold while we catch up.

IF you are requesting a FREE TEST KIT – please read this ENTIRE PAGE, above and below the form BEFORE filling out the form.  Thank you!

Note: our team of  assistants and volunteers typically send out free kits once or twice a month as long as we have kits available, so there may be a delay between the time you request your kit and the time it arrives in the mail. We do not always have test kits available.  If we do not have kits available at the time you make your request, we will send you your kit when we next have kits available.

Thanks to the generous support of 3M/LeadCheck (combined with donations from people like you)- we are able to offer free LeadCheck lead-paint test kits to families in the U.S.  who request them.

We have sent kits to Singapore, Mexico, Canada and England – but primarily (due to budget restrictions) are limited to sending free test kits to families within the United States.  We have recently gotten several dozen requests for tests kits to be sent to Russia (thereabouts) but do not have postage to fund this.  If you want to make a designated donation to cover postage for families out of country who request free test kits sent to them, we would be happy to honor these requests. Thank you.

These kits are ideal for testing painted surfaces in older homes—especially if the paint is worn or deteriorating in any way. In most cases high-lead-content paint was used on doors, windows, trim, baseboards and home exteriors in homes built in 1978 and earlier, and LeadCheck swab kits are an excellent screening tool for examining those areas.

LeadCheck swab kits may also be used on household objects such as dishes, toys and other similar items, but due to the nature of different substrates (plastics, glass, ceramics, wood, metal, etc.) and the variety of coatings that may have been applied to these items (and the range of application processes – including high-heat firing, etc.) a household item may contain unsafe levels of lead but may not test positive with a LeadCheck swab. To reliably test a household item for lead (if it tests negative with a LeadCheck swab) consider getting an “XRF test” of the item.

PLEASE MAKE SURE TO PUT YOUR FULL ADDRESS INCLUDING CITY, STATE and ZIP in the address line of the form. Thank you!

This program is also 100% funded by donations. If you would like to make a tax-deductible contribution in support of this program (specifically to help us cover postage and mailing supplies to send free test kits to families) —please click here: Donate

For test kits sent within the U.S.  – it costs us about $5 total ($2.54 in postage, plus bubble mailer, button and printed information) to send test kits and information to one family.  As grants and sponsorships help us to buy the supplies to advance prep these packages to send out a $5 donation from someone like YOU usually makes it possible for us to send kits to two families (because all we have left to cover is postage) – so a contribution of $100 will help us help as many as 40 families!

Thank you.

9 Responses to Free Test Kits

  1. katie bremer August 18, 2015 at 4:30 am #

    THANK YOU SO MUCH. one plate from Thailand with amazing designs tested negative and so did our kitchen paint. NOW, on to the next home and their plates. hopefully i can figure out where this lead is coming from.

  2. K January 17, 2016 at 10:54 pm #

    Won’t accept my email

    • Lori February 11, 2016 at 2:53 am #

      Not accepting email address

  3. Laura January 31, 2016 at 1:23 pm #

    I may not have entered in my address correctly… newborn brain fog! Will you email me if any other info is needed, or should i fill out a new form? Thanks 🙂

  4. linda April 16, 2016 at 11:22 am #

    Hi. I would gladly donate to your program in exchange for a lead test kit for our home in Oregon. Please let me know if this is ok and how to proceed.

  5. Cathryn Moss May 13, 2016 at 12:11 am #

    Hi there,

    Can adults/children get lead poisoning from old cast iron bath tubs that have rust in them?
    Thank you again for sharing this valuable information.
    Do the test kits workon cast iron?

    • Rachel May 26, 2016 at 7:00 pm #

      the water department tested our bathtub in an area where it was chipping and it turned pink indicating it was lead. now we give our baby showers or baths at other people’s houses. not sure what to do about the tub yet… anyone have suggestions?

      • Penny July 4, 2016 at 6:35 am #

        At home repair stores like Lowe’s, you can buy resurfacing kits.


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