October 24, 2017

HUD: Observing National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week

HUD and its partners to generate awareness of lead poisoning and solutions October 22 – 28

Nearly half a million children living in the United States have elevated levels of lead in their blood that may cause significant harm to their health. To help increase awareness of this preventable disease, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and its partners are spearheading National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, which will take place October 22-28. This year’s theme is “Lead-Free Kids for a Healthy Future.”

HUD’s Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are collaborating in a national public awareness campaign to help individuals, organizations, and state and local governments reduce childhood exposure to lead.

“I’ve seen firsthand the tragic consequences when young children are exposed to hazardous lead and how it can impact them throughout their lives,” said HUD Secretary Ben Carson. “Any step we can take to prevent and eliminate these dangers from our homes is a step we must take.”

During National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, HUD developed a special partner toolkit that underscores the importance of testing your home and children, and provides tips on how to prevent lead poisoning’s serious health effects. Below are some simple things to help keep your family safe:

Learn more about National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week and download a toolkit to use in your own community.

This post was originally published here.