St. Joseph County kids at high risk for lead poisoning

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It’s National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, and according to the Indiana State Department of Health, many Indiana children are at high risk for lead poisoning.

The St. Joseph County Health Department says 80 percent of the houses in the county were built before lead was removed from residential paint.

The County Health Department hosts a free lead-testing event Monday in the lobby of the County-City Building.

It runs from 10 to 2, and kids who get screened will get a t-shirt and a coloring book, and they’ll be entered to win gift card prizes.

Health officials have issued some guidelines to help St. Joseph County residents avoid lead poisoning. The first is to have homes tested, especially the paint. They also say to have children tested, even if they seem healthy.

Call the health department for more information, or 1 (1800) 424-LEAD.