SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Free blood tests for children, checking for possible lead poisoning is scheduled Thursday, as part of a weeklong series of events to publicize the issue.
The testing will take place from noon to 4 p.m. at the San Diego Head Start office at 841 S. 41st St.
According to the city Environmental Services Department, more than 300,000 structures built in San Diego before 1978 could pose a lead poisoning risk.
"Our goal is to make housing lead-safe for our children," said Mayor Jerry Sanders. "I urge San Diegans hire only licensed lead-safe renovation contractors to perform renovation, repair or painting work if the work will disturb paint on a pre-1978 home."
The city has a website at SDHealthyHomes.org with information about lead exposure.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention determined recently that there is no safe level of lead exposure for children, according to the city. Medical evidence shows that even very low levels of lead exposure can have a significant detrimental impact on a child's ability to learn.
The testing is being conducted in conjunction with the county of San Diego and community groups.