GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — This week is National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, and local health officials are working to raise awareness.
According to the Michigan Department of Community Health, a Grand Rapids zip code led the state for the highest number of lead-poisoned children last year. And last year in Kent County, 551 children had elevated blood lead levels, high enough to “cause learning difficulties and neurological damage.”
Above, Joan Dyer, the supervisor of the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program at the Kent County Health Department, discusses lead poisoning and what homeowners can do to decrease the number of cases.
Lead hazard control programs available in West Michigan:
- City of Grand Rapids Lead Hazard Control Program: 616.456.3030 (for Spanish: 616.632.7087)
- County of Muskegon lead poisoning prevention: 231.724.1259
- For other cities and counties in West Michigan, the Michigan Lead Safe Homes Program: 866.691.5323
- Kent County Health Department Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention: 616.632.7063
- Healthy Homes Coalition: 616.241.3300