Danielle Kennedy | September 15, 2017
Getting the lead out. That's the goal behind a Notre Dame research project on area homes.
Students and researchers spent the summer working with families -- testing their homes. This could make their kids healthier.
It's all part of a collaboration with the St. Joseph County Health Department, the City of South Bend, the University of Notre Dame and the community.
Notre Dame's researchers told homeowners where the lead hazards are and ways to get rid of it.
They worked one on one with six families who have children with elevated lead levels. Levels not high enough to get direct assistance from the County's Health Department.
An unwelcomed surprise for this South Bend mom of six who didn't want to be identified on camera.
She didn't know her 1898 home was covered in lead until a routine blood test showed high levels in her child's blood.
"It's your children's health that's at risk. That's nothing to joke around with,” she said.
A lead grant fixed the windows and resided the entire house. Now, Notre Dame researchers found lead in places she least expected-- like the legs of this table that her toddlers often put their mouths on.