The 16-member Kent County Lead Poisoning task force continues to meet to investigate ways in which the County can work towards elimination of lead poisoning
In Case of Emergency
If a child has severe symptoms of lead poisoning, such as vomiting or seizures, get immediate help by calling 911. If a child is suspected of being exposed to lead, make an appointment with the child's health care provider or county health department to have a blood test done.
What makes a Lead-Safe Home?
Many houses and apartments built before 1978 have paint that is lead-based. Lead from paint chips and dust can pose serious health hazards if not taken care of properly.
Children are most often poisoned by the lead dust that comes from deteriorated lead paint in older homes. Lead dust can come from disturbing lead paint, opening and closing windows, and through the normal wear and tear of painted areas. Lead dust falls to the floor and gets on children's hands and toys. It enters their bodies when they put their hands or toys into their mouths.
Lead poisoning can cause health and behavior problems in children. It can make it harder to learn when they are at school. Lead poisoning can affect a child for a lifetime. The good news is there are things that can be done to keep children safe from lead.
Did You Know...
The Healthy Homes Coalition can help reduce lead hazards in the home.
News & Events
The State of Michigan announced in November that it would be receiving a Medicaid waiver allowing it to spend nearly $24 million a year for the next five years on fixing lead hazards in homes. To be eligible, the home must be occupied by a Medicaid enrolled child with an elevated blood lead level. However, dollars can be used for primary prevention in the City of Flint and in other "target communities" to be identified by the State. Get the Lead Out! partners in Grand Rapids are working to bring those dollars to Kent County.
Late last year, the Kent County Board of Commissioners appointed a 16 member task force to investigate ways in which the County can work towards elimination of lead poisoning. That task force has been meeting monthly since January, taking testimony from a variety of subject matter experts.