Denver offers free lead blood testing for children

Oct 21- 26 Nat'l Lead Poisoning Prevention Week

 If you live in a house built before 1978, you and your children may be exposed to lead-based paint.
 
The deteriorating paint and dust can cause permanent damage to children, especially those under seven years old, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
 
It only takes a few flakes to poison a child, according to Denver Environmental Health.
 
A blood test is the only way to know if your child has elevated levels of lead, because the symptoms are not obvious in most children.
 
Denver Environmental Health’s Public Health Inspections Division (PHI) is partnering with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Northeast Denver Housing Center (NDHC), and Magellan Diagnostics to host a free blood lead screening for children seven and under on Oct. 23 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Clinica Tepeyac, 5075 Lincoln Street.
 
To learn more about PHI’s lead safety program, visit www.denvergov.org/leadsafety. To learn more about the event, call NDHC for more information at 303-377-3334.