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National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week: October 25-31, 2015

2015 Lead 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) and CDC are 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. During NLPPW, CDC aims to

  • Raise awareness about lead poisoning;
  • tress 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.

NLPPW is now also international – visit the World Health Organization’s International Lead Poisoning Prevention 2015 Week of Action website for a detailed list of events and international outreach materials.

NLPPW Toolkit

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Sample Press Release

Use this text in your press release to inform the media about 2015 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 - 21 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 - 19 KB]

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Key Messages

  • National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week is October 25-315, 2015.
  • 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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Sample Social Media

Facebook

National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week is October 25-31. 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

National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week is October 25-31. Get your home tested. Get your child tested. Get the facts! Learn why it’s important to prevent lead exposure: http://ow.ly/BVYyU

Twitter

National #LeadPoisoning Prevention Week is October 25-31. Learn more about lead exposure: http://ow.ly/BVYyU #LPPW2015 #leadfreekids

Prevent #LeadPoisoning. Get your home tested. Get your child tested. Get the facts! http://ow.ly/BVYyU #LPPW2015 #leadfreekids

Children under age 6 are most at risk for #LeadPoisoning. Learn more: http://ow.ly/BVYyU #LPPW2015 #leadfreekids

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Infographic

Infographic thumbnail image Share CDC’s infographic on preventing childhood lead poisoning:
http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead/infographic.htm

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Solve the Outbreak App

Solve the Outbreak app screenshot 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.

Learn more about the Solve the Outbreak app here!

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Icon and Badges

Icon

2015 Lead Week Icon - blue background

Use one of these icons to promote National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week:

Buttons

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.

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

2014 Lead Week banner

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-2015) so that readers can get more information.

English and Spanish

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Training Tools

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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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Audio Podcasts

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

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