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Free lead testing in Duluth

Lead exposure can harm young children and babies even before they are born, causing brain and developmental damage in young children. But lead poisoning is 100 percent preventable.

The American Lung Association is teaming up with five community partners to raise awareness about the dangers of lead paint to families with young children and pregnant women who live in homes built prior to 1978.  There will be three outreach and health education events in Duluth on Monday and Tuesday, April 18-19.

Free lead testing for children under age 6 and pregnant women will be offered at these events. Families will also have an opportunity to learn about free in-home scans and grant funds that could help to remove lead hazards from homes.

While water quality is very good in Duluth, folks need to understand the dangers presented to children who live in deteriorating homes or homes that are being rehabilitated.

The events are at the collowing times and locations:

Monday, April 18, 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Piedmont Elementary Head Start, 2827 Chambersburg Ave.

Monday, April 18, 4-7 p.m., Lincoln Park Children and Families Collaborative, 2424 W. Fifth St. cafeteria (lower level)

Tuesday April 19, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Myers-Wilkins Elementary Head Start, 1027 N. Eighth Ave. E.

This lead testing event has been held the past two years to identify lead poisoning in Duluth children and has helped families through the process to remedy the situation.  This year’s partners include Duluth Healthy Homes, the Sustainable Resource Center, Lincoln Park Children and Families Collaborative, Piedmont Elementary School Head Start and Myers-Wilkins Elementary School Head Start. For information call (218) 726-4758.