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 1950
- 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. Priorities for testing are pregnant women and children 9 months to 6 years of age.
For more information, visit: the Minnesota Department of Health and Ramsey County Lead at Home.