NewsLead Free Kids!
Sunday, Oct 22, 2017 until Saturday, Oct 28, 2017
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services share the goal of eliminating childhood lead poisoning in the United States. National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week occurs every year during the last full week in October. Lead is a highly toxic metal that, at one time, was an ingredient in many household products, including lead-based paints manufactured before 1978. The primary source of lead exposure among U.S. children is the lead-based paint and lead-contaminated dust and soil found in and around old, deteriorating buildings.
The goals of National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week are to:
- Raise awareness about lead poisoning
- Stress the importance of screening the highest risk children younger than 6 years of age (preferably by ages 1 and 2)
- Highlight efforts to prevent childhood lead poisoning
- Urge people to take steps to reduce lead exposure