Macon County Health Department offering lead testing clinics

The Macon County Health Department is helping parents to make sure their children are not being exposed to lead.

The health department is hosting free lead testing clinics on the second and fourth Wednesday of every month.

High levels of lead exposure can lead to many health issues for children six and younger and the health department wants parents to be aware.

â??If we check them and they are below 10, we consider that normal. We like it to be below 5. If it's above 5, we want to remind the parents and families about lead. If you live in a home that was built before 1978, has chipping paint, doing remodeling, a lot of times that is a problem. Kids play in bear soil which has high lead levels,â?? said Stacy Corbin R.N. with the Macon County Health Department

The blood test only takes three minutes and the iron levels in the children are also checked.

The health department wants to remind parents to always make sure they clean their child's toys and to have their child constantly wash their hands.