Sources of lead exposure
Besides windows, there are a number of other possible sources of lead exposure at home, including a home’s exterior, flooring, window sills or soil in the yard.
Through the results of the inspection completed by Hennepin County, Michele and Kevin Ross discovered that their home’s kitchen floor tiles also contained a lead-based paint hazard.
County staff told the family that they do not need to replace the tiles, but will need to be careful if they do any remodeling. As part of the grant requirements, they attended a free class explaining how their family can make safe renovations.
Fixing hazards in homes, one family at a time
After testing the home and consulting with the family, Hennepin County selected a contractor to replace some of the windows in their home. When the work passed clearance, the family returned home to enjoy safe, energy-efficient windows.
“Those small things make a difference. We have new windows and a new view as well,” Kevin Ross said.
Michele Ross also reflected on her experience working with Hennepin County’s lead-based paint program and said she recommends it to other families.
"I thought it was great. If we had done this ourselves, we'd have to wait years. It was pretty seamless for us,” she said.