This Week Is National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week

leadThis week, Oct. 23-29, is National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week and the theme is “Lead-Free Kids for a Healthy Future.” Working with the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. EPA is conducting outreach and promoting educational activities to raise community awareness of lead issues.

Normally focused on exposures related to lead-based paint, this year’s promotion is expanding its messaging to specifically target lead in drinking water. EPA’s Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water has a webpage dedicated to outreach for the event, which along with EPA’s main page, provide numerous links and educational resources that can be used for public outreach.

In advance of the observance, EPA also released a new memorandum and a management alert providing additional interpretation and guidance on dealing with lead in drinking water issues.

The National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week theme, “Lead-Free Kids for a Healthy Future,” focuses on the many ways parents can reduce a child’s exposure to lead and prevent its serious health effects.

Other federal agencies, such as CDC and HUD, also conduct various education and awareness events during Lead Poisoning Prevention Week. To learn about lead and how to protect your family, contact the National Lead Information Center at 1 (800) 424-LEAD (5323) or visit epa.gov/lead.

To learn about lead in drinking water visit EPA’s Ground Water and Drinking Water page for more information.

 

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