Free lead testing for children and pregnant women and bean pot exchange

Lead is dangerous for children and pregnant women

Pregnant women and children under 6 can get free lead testing at El Día Del Niño/Children’s Day at Mercado Central April 30. Families can also bring in their bean pots and mole pots for free lead testing. If the pot has lead in the glaze, the family can exchange it free for a safe bean pot or slow cooker.

2-7 p.m., Saturday April 30
Mercado Central, 1515 E. Lake St.

The glaze in some Mexican ceramic bean pots has lead in it that can transfer into the beans.

Lead is a problem because in small children it can cause decreased IQ, learning disabilities and behavioral disorders such as aggression, impulsive behavior and hyperactivity. Lead can also cause miscarriages.

Families can also learn more at the event about a City of Minneapolis grant program that tests homes for lead poisoning hazards and fixes them (such as replacing windows that have lead in them for free).

Fun activities for kids at El Día Del Niño include face painting, animal balloons, food and prizes.

Published Apr 28, 2016