One Roof Provides Free Lead Testing

By KBJR News 1

June 4, 2013 Updated Jun 5, 2013 at 11:57 AM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - One Roof Community Housing provided free lead testing on Tuesday as part of National Neighbor Works Week.

The Sustainable Resource Center from the Twin Cities came to the Northland to perform the tests.

According to the Centers for Disease control and Prevention 1 in 22 children in America have high levels of lead in their blood.

Lead poisoning has few warning signs and can affect a child's development later in life.

Studies show, kids with the most exposure to lead, often live in older homes.

The City of Duluth has the states oldest housing stock, which makes getting your child tested more pertinent.

"The reason that testing is important is because if you live in a home that's older than 1978, there is an increased likely hood that you may have lead paint in your home, which can turn into lead dust and that can be ingested or inhaled by kids which can elevate their blood levels," said Kate McMahon who works with the sustainable resource center.

Testing is recommended for children under the age of five.

Some ways to avoid lead is to keep areas where children play dust free and clean.

Make sure your child doesn't chew on anything covered in lead paint such as window sills.

Posted to the web by Kati Anderson.