Free Lead Testing

Many of you may have received a letter earlier this year from Public Health Madison and Dane County regarding a free lead test for those with young children living in homes built before 1950. The inspection “is designed to support a healthy home environment for children by identifying and helping to remove lead hazards from the home.”

Our home was built in the 1920s, so we definitely qualified. We weren’t too worried – our home was renovated about 10 years ago by Operation Fresh Start, and we also knew that the previous owners had the house tested for lead before they put it up for sale – but we were curious to see if there was any need for concern.

We had our inspection today, and it went pretty well! Thanks to the renovation, there was no need to worry about the windows or siding of the house. However, there were a few spots on our door frames and window sills where paint had chipped away, and these tested positive for lead – so we’ll be painting over those spots very soon! It was definitely nice to have someone come in and let us know what to do to keep Milena safe!

If you’re interested in getting a free lead inspection done at your house (and why wouldn’t you be!) call Brian Odegaard R.N. at 242-6332


Kohl’s Safety Center

I’ve been hearing great things about the Kohl’s Safety Center (located in the American Family Children’s Hospital) ever since my daughter was born, but it took me until this past week to finally check it out. I don’t know why I waited so long! The Safety Center has everything your family needs to keep your little ones safe, and at an amazing price.

Here are just some of the products available (taken from the website):

–       Bike and ski helmets

–       Child safety seats, including booster seats

–       Safety gates

–       Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors

–       Outlet plugs

–       Furniture straps

–       Drawer latches and cabinet locks

–       Gun locks

–       Secure Solutions Childproofing Kit

I purchased a Top Gear bike helmet for Milena for only $10! They had her try on the helmet right there so they could make sure the straps were tight enough and in the correct positions.

The Kohl’s Safety Center is located inside the American Family Children’s Hospital at 1675 Highland Ave. It is open Monday-Friday from 10am – 2pm (closed weekends and holidays). Phone: 890-8043.

And since we’re on the topic of safety, child passenger seat safety checks are available twice a month at local fire stations. The Madison Fire Department partners with the Madison Are Safe Kids Coalition to offer these free (!) checks.

From the website: “These events are used to educate and provide assistance to parents when using Child Restraint Systems (CRS). At each event a team of certified technicians will teach child caregivers and parents the basics of correct selection, use, and installation of CRS. The event also provides the opportunity to detect unsafe CRS.”

We had them install our infant car seat and went back again to have them inspect the installation of our convertible car seat (and it’s a good thing we did, because we didn’t have it in correctly!).

Car Seat Checks are by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, call: (608) 890-8999