(KDAL) - Prevention efforts over the last 17 years has reduced the number of Minnesota kids with lead poisoning according to the Department of Health. SInce 1995, the number of children testing with elevated levels of lead in their blood has dropped by 87 percent. However, they say that more work needs to be done. Lead paint and lead pipes in older homes are among the ways kids are exposed to unsafe levels of lead. Health officials recommend having homes tested for lead and children under six should also be tested for blood lead levels even if they seem healthy. Go to www.health.state.mn.us for more information.