National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week: October 19-25, 2014
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 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 is now also international – visit the World Health Organization’s International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week of Action website for a detailed list of events and international outreach materials.
Posters and Flyers
Use the following to promote National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week:
Sample Press Release
Use this text in your press release to inform the media about 2014 NLPPW and lead poisoning prevention activities. Insert local details and quotes from your representatives in the highlighted spaces provided.
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.
- National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week is October 19-25, 2014.
- 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.
Sample Social Media
National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week is October 19-25. Exposure to lead can seriously harm a child’s health and children under age 6 are most at risk for lead poisoning. The good news: Lead poisoning is preventable! Learn why it’s important to prevent lead exposure: http://ow.ly/BVYyU
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Prevent #LeadPoisoning. Get your home tested. Get your child tested. Get the facts! Learn more: http://ow.ly/BVYyU
Children under age 6 are most at risk for #LeadPoisoning. Learn how to prevent lead exposure: http://ow.ly/BVYyU
Share CDC’s infographic on preventing childhood lead poisoning:
Solve the Outbreak App
CDC’s Solve the Outbreak app lets you step into the shoes of a Disease Detective! Play through a series of disease “outbreaks,” one of which is based on the international response to the to lead poisoning crisis in Nigeria. In “The Village of Gold,” players read through screens of clues to determine what might be causing the lead poisoning outbreak, how it started, and how it’s spreading. Players can also access webpages with lead poisoning prevention information and a link to learn about the real Nigerian lead poisoning crisis.
Scientists and experts from across CDC have put their expertise into creating this realistic and exciting app.
Learn more about the Solve the Outbreak app here!
Buttons and Badges
BadgeAvailable in English, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, French & Amharic
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.
Copy the code for this "Prevent Lead Poisoning Button." (83 x 83):
Copy the code for this "Prevent Lead Poisoning Button." (150 x 150):
Copy the code for this "Prevent Lead Poisoning Button." (250 x 250):
Copy the code: Dr. Hoot N. Owl
Brighten your website with web banners and get the word out on lead poisoning prevention. When you download the graphics to your website, please link to the National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week website (http://www2.epa.gov/lead/lead-poisoning-prevention-week-2014) so that readers can get more information.
- 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 effects or how to communicate aspects of childhood lead poisoning to clients.
- Healthy Homes Checklist DVD.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to have the DVD mailed to you.
- More lead poisoning prevention Tools and Training.
Send your friends, family, and coworkers an electronic greeting card about lead poisoning prevention and safe, healthy homes.
Lead Poisoning Prevention
Prevent Lead Poisoning
Safe New Home
Congrats on Your New Nest!
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.
- Lead-Free Kids Campaign
- EPA’s Renovation, Repair and Painting Program
- Lead Poisoning Prevention Tips
- Archived National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week Materials
For additional information about preventing childhood lead poisoning, visit
- The National Lead Information Center at http://www2.epa.gov/lead/forms/lead-hotline-national-lead-information-center or call 1-800-424-LEAD (5323).
- CDC's Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program at http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead.
- EPA at http://www.epa.gov/lead/.
- HUD at http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/healthy_homes.
For more information about this toolkit, contact LeadInfo@cdc.gov.
- Page last reviewed: September 24, 2014
- Page last updated: September 25, 2014
- Content source: National Center for Environmental Health, Division of Emergency and Environmental Health Services