Statistics show that Grand Rapids is seeing an alarming jump in children with elevated lead levels and lead poisoning. This is a concern because lead poisoning can cause brain, liver, and heart damage. Some people assume the lead must be coming from water but, in actuality, it's coming from paint. Any home built before 1978 (the year lead paint was banned) is likely to have lead-based paint.
Because this problem seems to be on the rise, we sat down with Paul Hann, Executive Director of the Healthy Homes Coalition
to discuss some of the local lead concerns and what parents can do. We also discuss programs like the Michigan Lead Safe Home Program
and Get the Lead Out! Grand Rapids
that offer financial assistance for lead problems in homes. If you have lead concerns, you can call the Healthy Homes Coalition at (616) 241-3300 or contact them through their website.