National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week
October 22-28, 2017
Each year National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week is a call to bring together individuals, organizations, industry, and state and local governments to help increase lead awareness by using their efforts and collaborations to reduce childhood exposure to lead.
This year's theme is "Lead-Free Kids for a Healthy Future." EPA, along with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC), will provide information about how to protect yourself and your family from lead poisoning.
This year we've added a focus on testing children for elevated blood lead levels. Lead can enter the body in many ways, and children’s blood lead levels tend to increase rapidly from 6 to 24 months if exposed. A simple blood test can detect lead.
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Spread the Word!
Use the following to promote National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week in your communities or organizations:
- Posters (available in English)
- Flyers (available in English)
- Web Banners (available in English)
- Vertical, horizontal, and square orientations--web banner zip file(3 pp, 221 K)
- Sample Social Media Package and Listserv(2 pp, 18 K) (.docx) - Use the hashtags #leadfreekids and #LPPW2017
Interested in learning more about lead from EPA, HUD and CDC?
- Follow us on Twitter at @EPA,Exit @HUDgov,Exit and @CDCEnvironment.Exit
- Like us on Facebook at EPA,Exit HUD,Exit and CDC.Exit
Lead Week Is International
- Learn about EPA's participation in the International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week of Action.
- Find international materials and posters Exiton the World Health Organization website.
Other federal agencies, such as CDC and HUD, also conduct various education and awareness events during Lead Poisoning Prevention Week. To learn about lead and how to protect your family, contact the National Lead Information Center at 1 (800) 424-LEAD (5323) or visit epa.gov/lead.
To learn about lead in drinking water visit EPA's Ground Water and Drinking Water page for more information.