Residents advised of possible lead exposure at Garrison Community Center, free services for residents
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 27, 2016
The City of Kansas City, Mo. advises residents and visitors to Garrison Community Center of possible lead exposure. Inspectors have collected and tested samples from the community center; samples collected from the upper floors and the basement of the Community Center tested positive for lead. As a precaution, Garrison Community center has been temporarily closed until the lead dust is cleaned.
“Staff and visitors may have had some level of exposure, but the risk is low,” said Amy Roberts, RN, Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program Manager at Kansas City’s Health Department. “Most childhood lead exposures occur from deteriorating paint in homes built before 1978, but can be from other sources.”
Lead poisoning most frequently occurs in adults and children as result of ingesting dust containing lead. Children may be most at risk because they are more likely to place objects, such as chipping paint and dust, dirt, toys, jewelry and other products in their mouths.
The City of Kansas City offers free resources to adults and children who feel they may be at risk of lead positioning; these resources include free blood testing and free home testing. Residents concerned about lead poisoning are encouraged to call 816-513-6048 to schedule an appointment with the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program. Additional information on lead poisoning and free City programs can be found online at www.kcmo.gov/health.
Media inquiries should be directed to the Health Department by phone at 816-719-3610.