Those in Older Homes May Find Themselves at Risk for Lead Exposure

Those in Older Homes May Find Themselves 
at Risk for Lead Exposure

INGHAM COUNTY - The Michigan Department of Human Health and Services urges people to be aware of lead exposure, especially in older homes.

Nearly half a million children in the U.S. have elevated blood lead levels that are dangerous enough to cause serious damage to their health.

Sources of lead include, lead-based paint, which is commonly found in homes built before 1978. Drinking water, contaminated soil, lead bullet, and imported ceramics are also common sources.

"The biggest sources of the exposure for children then is found on the window sill and in the windows trough. The window trough or what was also called the window well, is that area between the window and the exterior storm window or the screen. It's that little area in there," said Wesley Priem, the Section Manager for the Michigan DHHS, Healthy Homes section.

"The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has what's called the Lead Safe Home Program. That's available on our website is a flyer and also in the city of Lansing thy recently started up a program as well. The state of Michigan can help families with the cost of removing lead hazards from their homes," said Priem,

An application is available online for those who need aid in financing a lead inspection.

Additional Resources
By going online to, you can find a list of certified lead inspectors.

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