National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week

October 20-26, 2019

Each year, National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (NLPPW) is a call to bring together individuals, organizations, industry, and state, tribal, and local governments to increase lead poisoning prevention awareness in an effort to reduce childhood exposure to lead. NLPPW highlights the many ways parents can reduce children’s exposure to lead in their environment and prevent its serious health effects. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and our partners work to heighten awareness of lead poisoning, provide resources, and encourage preventive actions during NLPPW and beyond.

Lead Poisoning Prevention Week 2019 Partner Information Kit
2019 National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week Banner

The themes of this year’s National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (NLPPW) are

  1. Get the Facts
  2. Get Your Home Tested
  3. Get Your Child Tested

The NLPPW Partner Information Kit pdf icon[PDF – 1.04 MB]external icon  aims to help individuals, organizations, and state and local governments to work together to reduce childhood exposure to lead. The Partner Information Kit provides state and local governments and organizations with key materials and resources that are available for distribution to a wide array of audiences. The digital Partner Information Kit Includes:

  • Basic Lead Poisoning Information
  • Talking Points
  • Steps to Create Localized Outreach
  • Examples of Awareness Activities
  • Customizable Materials
  • Social Media and Multimedia
  • Other Resources

The NLPPW 2019 Sample Proclamation word icon[DOC 30 KB]external icon and NLPPW 2019 Sample Press Release word icon[DOC 26 KB]external icon are also available in English.

Sample Social Media Posts for 2019 National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week

You can actively participate with HUD, EPA, and CDC to spread the word about National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week by sharing messaging on social media using the hashtags #leadfreekids and #NLPPW2019 and tagging @HUDgov, @HUDHealthyHomes, @EPA, and/or @CDCgov to help mobilize individuals and communities to take action to reduce the risk of lead exposure in their environments.

This year HUD, EPA, and CDC will be posting social media messages corresponding to daily themes.

You can retweet or share messages sent from these social media accounts, use the sample social media posts provided below corresponding to the daily themes, or write your own!

Monday, October 21, 2019 – How Do You Know if There is Lead in Your Home?

Twitter:

Talk to your state or local health department about testing paint and dust in your home for lead. #NLPPW2019 #leadfreekids https://www.epa.gov/lead/understanding-inspection-risk-assessment-and-abatementexternal icon

The National Lead Information Center provides information about lead, lead hazards, and preventing lead exposure. Call the toll-free hotline, 1-800-424-LEAD [5323]. #NLPPW2019 #leadfreekids https://www.epa.gov/lead/forms/lead-hotline-national-lead-information-centerexternal icon

Many homes built before 1978 contain lead paint. When lead paint gets old, it can start peeling. Find out more! #NLPPW2019 #leadfreekids https://www.epa.gov/lead/protect-your-family-exposures-lead#sl-homeexternal icon

Facebook:

Do you know if there is lead in your home? Talk to your state or local health department about testing paint and dust in your home for lead. #NLPPW2019 #leadfreekids https://www.epa.gov/lead/understanding-inspection-risk-assessment-and-abatementexternal icon

The National Lead Information Center provides information about lead, lead hazards, and preventing lead exposure. Call the toll-free hotline, 1-800-424-LEAD [5323], or visit the website. #NLPPW2019 #leadfreekids https://www.epa.gov/lead/forms/lead-hotline-national-lead-information-centerexternal icon

Did you know many homes built before 1978 contain lead paint on both interior and exterior walls? When lead paint gets old, it can start to peel or come off in pieces and become a hazard. Find out more! #NLPPW2019 #leadfreekids https://www.epa.gov/lead/protect-your-family-exposures-lead#sl-homeexternal icon



Tuesday, October 22, 2019 – Make Sure Children Have Safe Crawls

 Twitter:

Be sure to move children’s outdoor play areas away from bare soil and the sides of your home. Wet-mop floors and surfaces indoors often. #NLPPW2019 #leadfreekids https://www.epa.gov/lead/protect-your-family-exposures-lead#soilexternal icon

Take off shoes when entering the house to prevent bringing lead-contaminated soil in from outside. #NLPPW2019 #leadfreekids https://www.epa.gov/lead/learn-about-lead#exposedexternal icon

If you work near lead-based products, you can carry lead dust home on your clothes. Keep your family safe by learning more about ways to prevent bringing sources of lead exposure home! https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/lead/safe.html

Facebook:

Did you know children’s hands and toys can pick up household dust or exterior soil contaminated by lead? Be sure to move children’s outdoor play areas away from bare soil and the sides of your home. Wet-mop floors and wet-wipe surfaces indoors often to reduce the risk of lead exposure! #NLPPW2019 #leadfreekids https://www.epa.gov/lead/protect-your-family-exposures-lead#soilexternal icon

Lead exposure is dangerous during early childhood development, particularly for children who crawl! Make sure to take off your shoes when entering the house to prevent bringing lead-contaminated soil in from outside. #NLPPW2019 #leadfreekids https://www.epa.gov/lead/learn-about-lead#exposedexternal icon

If you work near lead-based products, you can carry lead dust home on your clothes. Keep your family safe by learning more about ways to prevent bringing sources of lead exposure home! https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/lead/safe.html



Wednesday, October 23, 2019 – Speak to a Health Care Provider about Blood Level Tests for Children

Twitter:

Lead poisoning is preventable! A simple blood test can detect lead. Find out more from your state or local childhood lead poisoning prevention program! #NLPPW2019 #leadfreekids https://www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead/programs/default.htm

There is no known safe blood lead level. Act early and get your child tested! Blood lead tests are usually recommended for children at 12- and 24-months. Talk to your doctor or health care provider for more information. #NLPPW2019 #leadfreekids https://www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead/acclpp/blood_lead_levels.htm

Facebook:

Lead poisoning is preventable! A simple blood test can detect lead. Find out more from your state or local childhood lead poisoning prevention program! #NLPPW2019 #leadfreekids https://www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead/programs/default.htm

There is NO known safe blood lead level. Act early and get your child tested! Blood lead tests are usually recommended for children at 12- and 24-months. Talk to your doctor or health care provider for more information. #NLPPW2019 #leadfreekids https://www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead/prevention/blood-lead-levels.htm



Thursday, October 24, 2019 – Learn more about your Drinking Water

Twitter:

You cannot see, taste, or smell lead in drinking water, but you can learn basic information about sources of lead in drinking water and suggestions for reducing exposure! #NLPPW2019 #leadfreekids https://www.epa.gov/ground-water-and-drinking-water/infographic-lead-drinking-waterexternal icon

Contact your local water authority for information about testing and identifying lead in your water! #NLPPW2019 #leadfreekids https://www.epa.gov/ground-water-and-drinking-water/basic-information-about-lead-drinking-water#findoutexternal icon

Facebook:

You cannot see, taste, or smell lead in drinking water, but you can learn basic information about sources of lead in drinking water and suggestions for reducing exposure! #NLPPW2019 #leadfreekids https://www.epa.gov/ground-water-and-drinking-water/infographic-lead-drinking-waterexternal icon

Contact your local water authority for information about testing and identifying lead in your water! #NLPPW2019 #leadfreekids https://www.epa.gov/ground-water-and-drinking-water/basic-information-about-lead-drinking-water#findoutexternal icon



Friday, October 25, 2019 – Lead Information in Other Languages

Twitter:

Are you planning to buy or rent a home built before 1978? Make sure you receive a copy of Protect Your Family from Lead in Your Home. It’s available in multiple languages! #NLPPW2019 #leadfreekids https://www.epa.gov/lead/protect-your-family-lead-your-home-real-estate-disclosureexternal icon

Many lead information documents are available in multiple languages. #NLPPW2019 #leadfreekids https://www.epa.gov/lead/lead-safety-documents-and-outreach-materialsexternal icon

Facebook:

Are you planning to buy or rent a home built before 1978? Make sure you receive a copy of Protect Your Family from Lead in Your Home. It’s available in multiple languages! #NLPPW2019 #leadfreekids https://www.epa.gov/lead/protect-your-family-lead-your-home-real-estate-disclosureexternal icon

Many lead information documents are available in multiple languages. #NLPPW2019 #leadfreekids https://www.epa.gov/lead/lead-safety-documents-and-outreach-materialsexternal icon

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