South Bend, Ind. Many people assume lead poisoning is a problem of the past.
But the St. Joe County Health Department is reminding parents, it's still an issue.
It's "National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week" and Sal the dinosaur was out at the county-city building, encouraging families to help make lead poisoning extinct.
Health officials say 8 out of 10 homes contain lead based paint.
Each year, 40 to 50 kids in St Joseph County test positive for lead poisoning.
It can cause irreversible brain damage and behavioral problems.
“We go out to the home and test kids for free, we test kids at out reach events,” said Whitney Griffin with the SJCHD. “We get the word out because a lot of people don't know that lead is still a problem. Most people think it happened years ago, but in this area it is still a big problem.”
To get free lead testing anytime for your child, or if you're pregnant, or even for your home-- just contact the St. Joe County Health Department.