National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, Oct. 22-28 DPH Urges Parents to Test Young Children for Lead, Know and Fix Lead Hazards around Your Home
This year's NLPPW theme,
Lead-Free Kids for a Healthy Future, highlights the importance of testing your
child, developing an awareness of lead paint hazards in your home and learning
how to prevent lead poisoning’s serious health effects,” said Krista Veneziano,
supervisor of the DPH Lead, Radon and Healthy Homes Program.NLPPW is dedicated to
actions that address health effects of lead exposure, and increase awareness of
childhood lead poisoning prevention.
Despite the continued presence of lead in the environment, lead
poisoning is entirely preventable.
According to the CDC, nearly
half a million children living in the United States have elevated blood lead
levels that may cause significant damage to their health. Major sources of lead exposure to children
include lead-based paint and lead-contaminated dust in deteriorating buildings. Children can also be exposed to lead from
additional sources, including take-home exposures from a workplace and lead in
Lead paint use was banned
in the United States in 1978. While the
prevalence and incidence rates of lead poisoned children in Connecticut have
been decreasing over the past fifteen years, due to mandatory childhood
screening and primary prevention efforts, our state’s housing stock is among
the oldest in the country so many houses still contain lead paint hazards that
have the potential to poison children. It
is important for residents to understand the steps they can take to protect
children from lead poisoning in homes built before 1978.
Here are some simple
things parents can do to help protect their family from lead exposure:
For more information
visit ct.gov/preventlead or
for Spanish educational materials please visit ct.gov/plomo.
Or contact the DPH Lead, Radon and Healthy Homes Program at (860) 509-7299.
Get Your Child Tested. Even if your young children seem healthy, ask your doctor to test them for lead. Mandatory screening is the law in CT.
Learn About Drinking Water. Water pipes in some older homes may contain lead solder where lead may leach out into the water.
Understand the Facts! DPH can provide you with helpful information about preventing childhood lead poisoning.
Content Last Modified on 10/23/2017 1:44:51 PM