National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week - October 24-30, 2010

Nat'l Lead Poisoning Prevention Week 2010

BINGHAMTON, NY – 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, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Based on a national survey, the major sources of lead exposure among U.S. children are lead-based paints and lead contaminated dust found from deteriorating paint in homes and buildings. Broome County is no stranger to lead poisoning. In 2009 alone, 52 children in Broome County were newly identified as lead poisoned. As shocking as that is, the good news is that childhood lead poisoning is entirely preventable. Parents must be alert to the dangers of lead and act to protect their children.

  • Get the facts. Learn about lead poisoning by calling the Broome County Health Department. We have information about preventing lead poisoning, about your child’s lead level, and ways to help you reduce lead hazards in the home. Training is available locally to learn how to work safely with lead hazards.                                  
  • Get your child tested at age one and again at age two. Even if your child seems healthy, ask your doctor to test for lead.
  • Get your home tested. Before you buy or rent an older home, ask for a disclosure notice for the presence of lead paint. If the home was built before 1978, there is a high likelihood that at least some lead based paint was used. The older the house, the greater the likelihood of having lead based paint. Deteriorated paint can create lead hazards by exposure of those older layers of paint. Young children and pregnant women should always stay away from any potential lead paint hazards and lead hazard control work.
For more information, contact the Broome County Health Department’s Lead Poisoning Prevention Program at 607.778.3922 or visit www.gobroomecounty.com/eh/lead or http://www.health.state.ny.us/environmental/lead.

 

10/26/2010 - 10:00am