The City of Bangor has teamed up with the Bangor Public Library to offer information on how to avoid lead poisoning.

It's lead poisoning prevention week and so the City of Bangor is getting the word out about how to prevent falling victim. Today and Thursday, between 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., folks can stop by the Bangor Public Library's Children's Department to learn more about lead safety.

Children living in older homes are at greater risk for lead poisoning. Sara Yasner of Bangor Health and Community Services said in a media release, "Nearly 43% of the Bangor housing stock was built before 1950, where the risk of lead paint exposure is highest." Peeling paint and dust from renovations create hazards for occupants, especially children. But conditions can be improved with a few preventative measures.

Residents can request a free Home Lead Dust Kit through the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention website. Plus, a blood test is available through your doctor's office to determine whether there's been any lead exposure. Anyone who can't make it to the library this week can get their questions answered by logging onto the Maine CDC's website or by calling Bangor Health and Community Services at 992-4462. 

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