This is a little early to get a ‘Feature Friday’ post out, but it’s something I think many of you will be interested in hearing about as soon as possible.
If you are concerned that toys your children received during the holidays have lead in them, the Healthy Homes Coalition is holding a toy screening for lead hazzards. This event is free and open to the public.
Parents will be able to bring in up to three of their children’s toys to have them checked for lead content. Screening will be provided using x-ray fluorescence (XRF) technology.
The screenings will be Thursday, January 10 at Browning Claytor Health Center, 1246 Madison SE in Grand Rapids and Friday, January 11 at Studio 28, 1350 28th Street SW in Wyoming. Both events will run from 9:00am until 5:00pm.
Free blood lead tests for children birth through age five will be provided by the Health Plan of Michigan to children who are at-risk and who have not recently been tested. Additionally, experts will also be on hand to talk about lead hazards in housing. Information will also be available about City of Grand Rapids and State of Michigan programs that assists parents with making their homes lead-safe.
For more information, call (616) 241-3300 or visit Healthy Homes Coalition.