Risk Management

Beyond Flint, Michigan: A Nationwide Crisis of Childhood Lead Poisoning

Beyond Flint, Michigan: A Nationwide Crisis of Childhood Lead Poisoning

What happened in Flint was a tragedy — but what many people don’t realize is that most lead exposure occurs not from contaminated water, but from peeling lead paint in older homes. Before his death, Freddie Gray was found to have 35 micrograms of lead in his blood, which is seven times the amount that can impair brain development. Children who are poisoned by lead — often in older homes with peeling lead paint, as in Freddie Gray’s case — are six times more likely to end up in the juvenile justice system or display criminal behavior, and seven times more likely to drop out of school. 

Using Data to Bolster Fire Prevention & Safety in Your City

Using Data to Bolster Fire Prevention & Safety in Your City

More and more, local fire departments are partnering with community groups to disseminate crucial fire safety information into the hands of residents. Getting community organizations on board with fire safety tactics can significantly help improve resident understanding and utilization of fire preparedness and safety measures. By using data, every city and community can better understand how to bolster communication efforts to help residents make safer choices. More and more, local fire departments are partnering with community groups to disseminate crucial fire safety information.