There were fewer children in Rhode Island last year with elevated lead levels in their blood. Improvements to housing played a big role in the decline.
Most of the drop in lead levels took place in Providence, Woonsocket, Warwick and Tiverton. In Providence, the city has made sure children couldn’t live in rental homes unless they were certified as lead-free. Also, the city’s water authority monitored lead levels in drinking water.
While the number of kids with elevated lead levels declined by 225 last year there are still cities and towns where the numbers did not drop. Those places include Central Falls, Pawtucket and Warren.
Lead exposure in children can lead to learning disabilities, impaired hearing and behavioral problems.
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