Ocotber 22-28, 2017
The theme of this year’s National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (NLPPW) is Lead-Free Kids for a Healthy Future. The NLPPW Campaign aims to help individuals, organizations, and state and local governments to work together to reduce childhood exposure to lead. Through NLPPW, campaign organizers can help spread the word to:
- Get Your Home Tested: Find out how to minimize risks of lead exposure by hiring a certified professional to test older homes for lead.
- Get Your Child Tested: A simple blood test can detect lead. Consult your doctor for advice on testing your children.
- Get the Facts: Find out about the hazards of lead.
- A lead-based paint inspection tells you if your home has lead-based paint, and where it is located.
- A risk assessment tells you if your home currently has any lead hazards from lead in paint, dust or soil.
- A combination inspection and risk assessment tells you if your home has any lead-based paint hazards, and where they are located.
- Children’s blood lead levels tend to increase rapidly from 6 to 12 months of age.
- A simple blood test can detect lead.
- Blood lead tests are usually recommended for children at ages 1 and 2, for children or other family members who have been exposed to high levels of lead, and for children who should be tested under your state or local health screening plan.
- Speak with your doctor to have them explain the test results.
- Many homes built before 1978 have lead-based paint. Lead from paint, paint chips, and dust can pose serious health hazards.
- Adults and children can get lead into their bodies by breathing in lead dust (especially during activities such as renovations, repairs or painting), or by swallowing lead dust that settles on food, food preparation surfaces, and other places, or eating paint chips or soil that contains lead.
- The most common sources of lead in drinking water are lead pipes, faucets, and fixtures.
- Examples of other sources of lead include: lead smelter, toys, furniture, lead-glazed pottery or porcelain.