You Keep your child safe in everything else. It’s time to think about lead poisoning in your own home. If your home was built before 1978 it could contain lead based paint. The dust, chipped paint, peeled paint, can be ingested, especially by children. Don’t let it happen. Check for lead, just to be safe.
Nearly a quarter of a million children living in the United States have blood lead levels high enough to cause significant damage to their health, estimates the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, based on data from a 2003–2004 national survey.
To raise awareness of the consequences of lead poisoning among parents and pregnant women who live in homes built before 1978, many State and Local Health Departments are participating in National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (NLPPW) October 24–30th. Join the CDC, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in encouraging parents to learn more about how to prevent lead poisoning.
Watch this winning video from 2009’s Lead Poisoning Prevention Video Contest. These 30-to-60 second videos seek to educate the public about lead poisoning prevention and the danger of lead exposure.