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National Lead Poisoning Prevention WeekOctober 20 - 26, 2013

National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week logo: Lead Free Kids for a Healthy Future.



Lead-Free Kids for a Healthy Future

Today, childhood lead poisoning is considered the most preventable environmental disease among young children, yet approximately half a million U.S. children have blood lead levels above 5 micrograms per deciliter, the reference level at which Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), recommends public health actions be initiated. A simple blood test can prevent permanent damage that will last a lifetime. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), CDC, is committed to eliminating this burden to public health.

National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (NLPPW)
CDC and HHS share the goal of eliminating childhood lead poisoning in the United States. NLPPW occurs every year during the last full week in October (Senate. Resolution 199). During NLPPW, CDC aims to

  • Raise awareness about lead poisoning;
  • Stress the importance of screening the highest risk children younger than 6 years of age (preferably by ages 1 and 2) if they have not been tested yet;
  • Highlight partners' efforts to prevent childhood lead poisoning; and
  • Urge people to take steps to reduce lead exposure.

During NLPPW, many states and communities offer free blood-lead testing and conduct various education and awareness events. For more information about NLPPW activities in your area, please contact your state or local health department.

Every year, CDC, in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), develops posters in observance of National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (NLPPW). The posters are free for downloading by states and communities. We also developed a NLPPW Campaign Toolkit to encourage information-sharing, collaboration, and promotion of NLPPW and lead poisoning prevention in general.

NLPPW Toolkit

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Sample Press Release

Use this text in your press release to inform the media about 2013 NLPPW and lead poisoning prevention activities. Insert local details and quotes from your representatives in the highlighted spaces provided.

Download sample press release in Microsoft Word format [DOCX - 23 KB]


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Sample Newsletter Article

Cut and paste this text into your newsletter, article, or listserv to help inform people about lead poisoning prevention. Insert local details in the highlighted spaces provided.

Download this sample article in Microsoft Word format [DOCX - 14 KB]


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Key Messages


  • National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week is October 20-26, 2013.
  • Children under age 6 are most at risk for lead poisoning.
  • Prevent lead poisoning. Get your home tested. Get your child tested. Get the facts!
  • Was your house painted before 1978? Protect your family from lead exposure.
  • Remodeling the home? Renovate right with lead-safe work practices.
  • Talk to your health department about testing home paint and dust for lead.

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Buttons and Badges

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Previous Years

Copy and paste the code to add these buttons and badges to your website, blog, or social networking profile. Let your website visitors know how to stop lead poisoning and where to get more information. Buttons and badges share health messages and information about campaigns and causes online. They are graphic elements that are often created to be shared, and include HTML code that allows them to be posted on a website.

Prevent Lead Poisoning. Get your home tested. Get your child tested. Get the facts! Click here…

Copy the code for this "Prevent Lead Poisoning Button." (83 x 83):

Prevent Lead Poisoning. Get your home tested. Get your child tested. Get the facts! Click here…

Copy the code for this "Prevent Lead Poisoning Button." (150 x 150):

Prevent Lead Poisoning. Get your home tested. Get your child tested. Get the facts! Click here…

Copy the code for this "Prevent Lead Poisoning Button." (250 x 250):

Children recently adopted from overseas may have been exposed to lead. Ask your doctor for a lead test! Click here…

Copy the code: Dr. Hoot N. Owl
button (157x152):

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Web Banner

Brighten your website with these web banners and get the word out on lead poisoning prevention. When you download these graphics to your website, please link to the National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week website (http://www2.epa.gov/lead/national-lead-poisoning-prevention-week) so that readers can get more information.

sample banner graphic
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Training Tools


  • Lead Glossary [PDF - 1.34 MB] A plain-language dictionary that gives the meaning of words you often hear or read about lead. It can help you as you try to learn more about childhood lead poisoning and its health affects or how to communicate aspects of childhood lead poisoning to clients.
  • Healthy Homes Checklist DVD.
    Contact kfc2@cdc.gov to have the DVD mailed to you.
  • More lead poisoning prevention Tools and Training.

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Health-e-Cards

Send your friends, family, and coworkers an electronic greeting card about lead poisoning prevention and safe, healthy homes.

Lead Poisoning Prevention

Prevent Lead Poisoning Health-e-Card
Prevent Lead Poisoning
International Adoption Health-e-Card
International Adoption

Healthy Homes

Safe Home Health-e-Card
Safe Home
Safe New Home Health-e-Card
Safe New Home
Healthy Home Health-e-Card
Healthy Home
Congrats on Your New Nest! Health-e-Card
Congrats on Your New Nest!
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Video PSAs

Watch the top 3 winning videos from 2009’s Lead Poisoning Prevention Video Contest. These 30- to 60-second videos seek to educate the public about lead poisoning prevention and the danger of lead exposure. The links open the videos on YouTube.

1st Place Winning Video
1st Place Winning Video:
'Just To Be Safe'
2nd Place Winning Video
2nd Place Winning Video :
'Henry and Fred Learn About Lead'
3rd Place Winning Video
3rd Place Winning Video:
'Lead Report'
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Audio Podcasts

Listen to a podcast from CDC about lead poisoning prevention and a podcast from EPA about the Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule. You can access podcasts from the CDC website, or you can download the podcasts to your desktop and your portable music/video player to get health information at your convenience and on the go.

'Is Your Child Safe from Lead Poisoning?'
Dr. Mary Jean Brown, Chief of the CDC Lead Poisoning Prevention Program, discusses the importance of testing children for lead poisoning, who should be tested, and what parents can do to prevent lead poisoning.

'Renovate Right: Prevent Lead Poisoning in Children'
Dr. Maria Doa, Director of the EPA National Program Chemicals Division, discusses EPA's new rule for renovations, repairs, and painting activities.

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For additional information about preventing childhood lead poisoning, visit

For more information about this toolkit, contact LeadInfo@cdc.gov.

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