FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 15, 2019
The Kansas City, Missouri, Health Department invites residents to gather a few household items and bring them to the City Market on Saturday, May 18, where lead experts will test the items for dangerous lead levels for free.
The Health Department’s Lead Safe KC team will be at the City Market, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m., rain or shine. Look for a large truck labeled with a KCMO Health Department logo.
Some items that frequently test positive for lead include toys, bakeware, jewelry and soil.
“While lead poisoning in children usually comes from deteriorating paint, other sources of exposure can come from jewelry, pottery and imported spices,” said Amy Roberts, program manager for the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program.
Health Department nurses will also offer free blood testing on Saturday, which will determine if there are high levels of lead in the person’s blood.
To test soil from your garden, choose several spots within your garden plot. Dig down six inches, mix the soil from these locations in a bin and remove rocks and twigs. Put at least two cups in a one-quart freezer bag and label with the following information:
- Location of the sample
- Number of soil spots dug up for the sample
For soil where children play or where pets roam, follow the same procedure, but dig only two inches down.
Lead Safe KC is a grant-funded program to assist KCMO residents with home and rental properties with lead-based paint. Our licensed lead inspectors come to your home to determine what the lead hazards are and to make recommendations to help keep you safe.