Lead Poisoning Still a Problem in Maine
More than 3-hundred thousand dollars is being given to Maine communities to combat lead poisoning. Dust from lead paint is the most common cause of childhood lead poisoning and is often found in buildings built before 1950 according to the Maine CDC. Right now the state officials from the Lead Poisoning Prevention Program are partnering up with landlords to provide free lead dust testing for rental units. The state may also help pay for any repairs or renovations that may need to be done to address lead issues. Last year, Maine passed a law requiring landlords to find out if there are any lead paint hazards in a building and if there are any they must let the tenant know. Parents are also being encouraged to get the free lead dust kit to ensure their homes are lead free. For more information on how to get your free lead dust testing kit click here.