International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week

Lead poisoning is one of the oldest known environmental hazards, but only in the late 1900's did we begin to understand that even small amounts of exposure still impact our body’s functions. To date, there is no known safe amount we can be exposed to that won't cause the body harm. It is estimated that 0.6% of disease, globally, is due to lead exposure. It is particularly a concern in developing children and is estimated to contribute to 600,000 new cases of intellectual disabilities every year.

Although awareness has risen, the vast majority of exposure is still due to lead-based paint. Most homes built in the U.S. before 1978 have lead-based paint. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) suggests 24 million homes in the U.S. alone have peeling and chipping lead-based paint. Here are some steps from the HUD for decreasing risk in your own home and ways you can get involved in Lead Poisoning Prevention Week.

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Sunday, October 20, 2013 - 9:00am to Saturday, October 26, 2013 - 5:00pm
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