It’s National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week

Lead Free Kids for a Healthy Future

(BINGHAMTON, NY) - The Broome County Health Department, the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), are joining forces to bring attention to this year’s National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, October 20-26, 2013.

The three main messages of this year’s Lead Poisoning Prevention Week’s campaign are:
  1. Get your Home Tested.
  2. Get your Child Tested.
  3. Get the Facts!
This week, Broome County’s Health Department’s HUD Lead Hazard Control grant marks the completion of its 65th housing unit made “Lead Safe.” The 2.1 million dollar HUD grant continues to successfully create Lead Safe Housing for income eligible occupants with young children or pregnant women. Units must meet eligibility requirements to qualify and can be either owner occupied or rentals. See www.broomecountylead.com for more information.
 
Did you know that the Lead Poisoning Prevention Program can provide inspections to occupants living in older homes to help keep their children lead safe? We can help you understand the steps you can take to limit exposure to lead including special hand washing and housekeeping. You can learn how a diet rich in iron, calcium, and vitamin C can help your child fight lead absorption. Lead can cause irreversible damage to a young child’s body and brain.
 
The good news is that lead can be controlled. The three lead programs at your health department can help you access information you need to keep your family safe from lead, including children’s blood lead testing, lead paint safety, or training classes that are held locally. Call us for more information at 607.778.2847 or visit www.gobroomecounty.com\eh\lead.
 

 

10/24/2013 - 10:57am