AUGUSTA, Maine — State health officials are offering kits to parents of children born in Maine last year to test for lead paint dust in homes.
The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention says brochures are being mailed to more than 11,000 families as part of an effort to eliminate childhood lead poisoning. The brochure includes instructions on how to obtain test kits.
Dr. Sheila Pinette, director of the Maine CDC, says the kits will help parents determine if they have dust from lead paint, which can be found in homes built before 1978.
Nearly 300 families in Maine took advantage of free test kits last year. About 25 percent of them identified lead dust problems and received information on how to address the problem.