Childhood lead poisoning is one of the most common yet preventable health problems in the U.S. Lead is highly toxic and can be found in peeling paint, soil and unregulated products. Children usually have no overt symptoms, but the damage is irreversible and can be profound – including brain damage, learning problems and antisocial behavior.
Ensuring that all children are tested will promote prevention, education and early intervention and can reduce lead poisoning. Inspecting the homes of lead-poisoned children identifies lead sources so they can be removed to prevent future exposure.
- Annually test all 1- and 2-year old children for lead by 2014.
- Annually inspect all homes where children have elevated blood-lead levels (10 micrograms or more of lead per deciliter of blood) through 2014.
Recent City & Community Activities
- In 2012, 39 permits were issued for abrasive blasting jobs on residential homes to test and ensure there was no lead paint present. On sites that contained lead paint, Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control Staff ensured the material did not leave the site and become airborne.
- Also in 2012, 9 residential units were made lead safe before children were lead poisoned; 89 residential units were made lead safe where a child had been lead poisoned.
- In 2012, Minneapolis awarded a $2.48 million HUD Lead Hazard Control grant with a healthy homes component that will make 200 homes of lead poisoned children lead safe, and address other safety hazards.
- A total of 248 qualified homes received lead remediation. This remediation involves fixing areas of homes found to be sources for lead exposure. And a total of 64 lead events were held last year all around the city by contracted community based organizations, reaching a total of 2,516 Minneapolis residents.
- Last year, a total of 440 in-home visits were done for families whose children are under six years of age. During these visits, parents/guardians are educated on lead poison and are given lead poison prevention strategies. Healthy homes visual assessments are done while dust wipes samples are collected and sent to the lab to examine if lead exceeds federal lead guidance limit.
- Hennepin County Housing, Community Works and Transit provided the Health Department $259,125 for lead education and outreach events.
Last updated Feb. 26, 2013