Last year, the water crisis in Flint, Mich., brought theissue of lead poisoning from water pipes to the front of people'sattention.

It began back in April 2014, when Flint changed its water supplybut did not apply corrosion control treatment to the water, whichallowed the water to leach lead from the pipes and poison theresidents, particularly the children. Along with lead in pipes,lead paint has been a known cause of concern for several decades.Rental dwellings often have lead issues eitherfrom water or paint.

The use of lead goes back to ancient Rome, when it wasconsidered the father of all metals. It was used for a variety ofitems ranging from dishes, pots and pans to face powders, rouges,mascaras and paints, as a condiment for seasoning food anddisguising inferior wine, and even as a spermicide.

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Christine G. Barlow, CPCU

Christine G. Barlow, CPCU, is Executive Editor of FC&S Expert Coverage Interpretation, a division of National Underwriter Company and ALM. Christine has over thirty years’ experience in the insurance industry, beginning as a claims adjuster then working as an underwriter and underwriting supervisor handling personal lines. Christine regularly presents and moderates webinars on a variety of topics and is an experienced presenter.