Maine health officials warn of lead hazards

Posted Oct. 26, 2010, at 6:28 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine public health officials are drawing attention to hazards posed by exposure to lead, especially in home-improvement projects.

National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week arrives just after the public water system serving 50,000 people in the Bangor area tested high for lead for the first time since testing began in almost two decades ago. Officials say the health threat is not great.

At the same time, state officials are focusing attention on a new statewide campaign to help prevent childhood lead poisoning from home improvement projects. Stores in Maine that sell paint or paint removal supplies are displaying a poster with brochures that warn customers about the danger of lead paint dust that can result from home painting or repair projects in homes built before 1978.

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