The Environmental Protection Agency(EPA) observes National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week to focus on the importance of educating parents and children about lead, especially from lead paint hazards in homes. Learn how exposure to lead — including lead dust — can cause health effects ranging from behavioral problems and learning disabilities to nervous system and kidney damage.
This year’s National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week theme, “Lead-Free Kids for a Healthy Future,” underscores the importance of the many ways parents can reduce a child’s exposure to lead and prevent its serious health effects.
Simple Things You Can Do To Help Protect Your Family
- Get Your Home Tested. Hire a certified professional to test your home for lead.
- Get Your Child Tested. Ask your doctor to test your young children for lead even if they seem healthy.
- Get the Facts. Learn basic facts about preventing childhood lead poisoning.
Spread the Word! Please download EPA’s, CDC’s and HUD’s lead poisoning prevention week poster (PDF) (1 pg, 1.7MB, about PDF) to help spread the word about lead poisoning prevention. Why not post it in your community center, school or church? en español (PDF) (1 pg, x.xMB)
Lead Poisoning Prevention Week Activities Across the Nation
As a part of National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, many states and communities plan to offer free lead screening and to conduct various education and awareness events. A list of activities around the nation will be posted soon.
Citizens, Organizations, Local Governments: Start Today!
Get the 2012 Lead Poisoning Prevention Week Outreach Tool Kit. This tool kit contains outreach materials that can be used to encourage information-sharing, collaboration, and promotion of Lead Week and lead poisoning prevention in general.
Visit EPA’s Office of Children’s Health Protection Events calendar for a listing of Lead Poisoning Prevention Week and Children’s Health Month events in your local area.
- Visit the Lead Week websites of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of Housing and Urban Development see the information they would like to share with you about National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week.
- Get general lead poisoning information from the National Lead Information Center at 1-800-424-LEAD (5323), and share it with your family, friends and neighbors.