ESNDC focuses on home safety issues important to renters on the East Side.
Lead poisoning is a serious home environmental health issue that is often found in low- and moderate-income communities – both rural and the inner-city. Lead-based paint was outlawed in 1978 and can be found in almost all old homes.
Lead-based paint was outlawed in 1978 and can be found in almost all old homes. The profile for homes where lead-based paint is very likely to be present is:
- Built before 1978
- A rental property
- Low market value
In other words, poorly maintained rental single-family homes and duplexes. This does not mean, however, that old homesteaded homes do not have lead. They often do.
Most lead poisoning is a result of exposure to lead dust from old chipping paint. Old wood windows – chipped sills and sashes scraping from opening and closing – are the most common specific source of lead poisoning, but lead can be found in antiques, ceramics, make-up, painted toys, and even in some imported foods and spices.
The most important thing anyone can do is to get tested. Simply ask to be tested at your next health care visit or call ESNDC and schedule a free blood lead test. (It is a single finger poke) Priorities for testing are pregnant women and children 9 months to 6 years of age as they are the most susceptible to lead poisoning. Call us we offer FREE in-home lead assessments, FREE blood lead testing, a FREE SWAB service that is up to $1575. worth of work by a Certified Lead Contractor who will encapsulate and stabilize lead hazards in your home free of charge with no income limits. We also have a grant program that helps replace original lead-based paint windows in residential homes for a percentage of the total cost. Owner Occupied units are responsible for only 25% of the total cost and residential property owners are responsible for only 50% of the total cost.
For more information, visit: The Minnesota Department of Health and Ramsey County Lead at Home.