2008-10-23 / Local & State

Wipe Out Lead Poisoning

National lead poisioning prevention week

National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, October 19-25, is set aside to educate parents and children about the dangers of lead exposure, especially lead-paint hazards in housing.

The theme for this year's lead week, "Let's Wipe Out Lead Poisoning - Renovate Right!" highlights EPA's March 2008 rule requiring the use of lead-safe practices during renovation, repair and painting activities. Under the new rule, beginning in April 2010, contractors performing projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes, childcare facilities and schools built before 1978 must be certified and follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination.

Cracking, peeling or worn painted surfaces create lead dust and children come into contact with lead dust by playing on the floor, the ground, grabbing window sills and eating paint chips. Children are at great risk from environmental factors because pound for pound children breathe more air, drink more water and consume more food than adults.

For additional information on lead poisioning prevention week, please visit www.epa.gov/lead.

To learn more about lead renovation vist the Web site at: www.epa.gov/lead/pubs/renovation.htm.

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