Lead Poisoning Prevention Awareness Week starts Sunday

Patrick Svitek

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The Evanston Health Department is urging the parents to have children’s blood lead level tested as part of Lead Poisoning Prevention Awareness Week.

The annual event aims to educate the public about how children can be exposed to lead in older homes and toys, according to the city’s website.

Any Evanston home built before 1978 poses an inherent risk. If a parent can spot chipping or pealing paint that resembles alligator skin, they should be especially vigilant, according to the news release.

– Patrick Svitek