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EPA and Partners Increase Awareness of Protecting Children from Lead Poisoning

Release Date: 10/13/2004
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Contact: Enesta P. Jones 202-564-7873 /

(10/13/04) Federal, State and local governments and non-profit organizations will participate in the sixth annual Lead Poisoning Prevention Week Oct. 24-30. This year's theme is "Shut the Door on Lead Poisoning," emphasizing to parents and children the importance of lead poisoning across the country. Each October, EPA commemorates Children's Health Month, which is designed to increase public awareness and provide tools to help protect children from environmental health risks. With lead poisoning rates still high in many U.S. cities, EPA is partnering with other government agencies and organizations to highlight the importance of lead poisoning prevention. Events being held across the country include free blood-lead tests for children, opportunities for education and outreach to families such as health fairs and workshops on lead education and safety. Low-level lead poisoning, from lead paint in older homes continues to be a concern for as many as three million American children under the age of six. Children are especially susceptible to lead poisoning since they are more likely to ingest lead paint and are more sensitive to the effects of lead. Elevated blood lead levels in young children can trigger learning disabilities, decreased growth, hyperactivity, impaired hearing and even brain damage. To learn more about Lead Poisoning Prevention Week activities, contact a local health department or call 1-800-424-LEAD. To learn how to protect children from lead poisoning, go to: .