Monday, November 20, 2017


“County Recognizes National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week”
Lead-Free Kids for a Healthy Future - October 23-29, 2016

ELMIRA – Nearly half a million children living in the United States have elevated blood lead levels that may cause significant damage to their health, estimates the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). They can develop behavior and learning problems (such as hyperactivity), slowed growth, hearing problems, and aggressive patterns of behaviors.  Stopping a child's exposure to lead from paint, house dust, or any other source is the best way to prevent the harmful effects of lead. 

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.

To raise awareness of the consequences of lead poisoning the Chemung County Health Department is participating in National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (NLPPW) October 23-29 and 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 and this year have added a focus on lead in drinking water.

Established in 1999 by the US Senate, National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week occurs every year during the last week in October.  The NLPPW 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.

Parents can reduce a child’s exposure to lead in many ways.  Here are some simple things you can do to help protect your family:

1. Get your Home Tested. Before you buy an older home, ask for a lead inspection. If your house was painted before 1978 get the home tested.

2. Get your Child Tested. Even if your young children seem healthy, ask your doctor to test them for lead. Children under age 6 are most at risk for lead poisoning.

3. Learn about Drinking Water.  Water pipes in some older homes may contain lead solder where lead may leach out into the water.

4. Get the Facts! Your local health department can provide you with helpful information about preventing childhood lead poisoning.

For a free lead test for your child, call the Chemung County Health Department at 737-2899.

For more information, call the National Lead Information Center at 1-800-424-LEAD.

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