In October, we raise awareness for lead poisoned children in our community and how we can prevent future contact with lead-based paint. In 1978, the federal government banned the sale and use of lead-based paint in homes. Many of our communities have an aging housing stock with deteriorating conditions, creating hazards where children encounter lead-based paint. Sources can be found in the paint on walls, porches, door frames, windows, windowsills, and many other aging painted components of homes. Lead dust is created from deteriorating paint, which can settle onto floors, children’s toys, and other items around the home. The only way to know for sure where and how much lead-based paint in a home is through a Lead Inspection Risk Assessment from a certified inspector. If a presence of lead is found in the home, it is important to have your child’s blood lead level tested. Acting promptly after learning of a lead presence in your home or in your child is the best way to address the problem! Children with lead poisoning can develop brain and nervous system damage, learning and behavior problems, slow growth and development, and hearing and speech problems. Hiring a certified lead abatement contractor and contacting your local health department about lead abatement programs for income-qualified families can start you on the path to having a lead-safe home.
For more information on local programs, you can contact the Detroit Health Department Lead Program online or call at: (313) 876-0133