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Residents statewide encouraged to reduce lead exposure in homes

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The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is currently working with several communities including Flint, Detroit and Grand Rapids to provide detailed data and data analysis to identify and target interventions to prevent and reduce lead exposures.

MDHHS will also be working closely with the new Child Lead Poisoning Elimination Board and its chair,  Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley, to develop a long-term statewide plan to prevent some of Michigan’s most vulnerable residents from being exposed to lead.

Major sources of lead exposure to U.S. children include lead-based paint and lead-contaminated dust in deteriorating buildings. Children can also be exposed to lead from other sources including drinking water, soil, take-home exposures from a workplace, lead bullets, and imported ceramics. Parents can reduce a child’s exposure to lead in many ways, including:

  • Get your home tested, if you live in a home built prior to 1978, or before you buy an older home, ask for a lead inspection.
  • Get your child tested. Even if young children seem healthy, talk to your healthcare provider about testing them for lead.
  • Get the facts. For more information, contact the Michigan Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program at 888-322-4453 or visit www.michigan.gov/lead or www.michigan.gov/leadsafe.

The Department is currently finalizing provisional data and will provide comparison with past years in the final 2015 surveillance report.  To view the 2015 provisional data, visit the MDHHS website.

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