National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week
October 22–28, 2023
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.
- Children and Lead Exposure: Current Issues: Join CDC Thursday, October 26 from 2-3 p.m. for a live presentation in which subject matter experts will discuss CDC’s childhood lead poisoning prevention efforts, recent stories regarding lead exposure and treatment, and recent recalls. Register here.
- Understanding Lead (Spanish): Join EPA Tuesday, Oct. 24 from 2–3:30 p.m. ET for a live webinar in Spanish about lead, its impacts, and actions that can be taken to reduce potential lead exposures and lead poisoning. Register here.
- Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule Awareness: Join EPA Wednesday, Oct. 25 from 12–1 p.m. ET for a live presentation for contractors and local building code and enforcement officials about EPA’s RRP rule, which concerns RRP projects in homes, childcare facilities and preschools built before 1978. Register here.
- Understanding Lead: Join EPA Wednesday, Oct. 25 from 2–3:30 p.m. ET for a live webinar about lead, its impacts, and actions that can be taken to reduce potential lead exposures and lead poisoning. Register here.
Watch Our Videos
The Importance of Childhood Blood Lead Testing: This video provides a brief overview of why it is important to protect young children from lead exposure and the importance of blood lead testing.
Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention: These training videos provide a brief overview of what lead is, where it is found and why it is important to protect young children from its exposure and is designed for high school and general audiences.
Lead Poisoning Prevention Week 2023 Information Kit
The theme of this year’s National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (NLPPW) is “Together, we can prevent lead exposure!” and sub-themes are
- Get the Facts
- Get Your Home Tested
- Get Your Child Tested
The NLPPW Information Kit [PDF 10.5 MB] (en Español [PDF 10.5 MB]) aims to help individuals, organizations, and state and local governments to work together to reduce childhood exposure to lead. The 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 kit Includes:
- Basic Lead Poisoning Information
- Talking Points
- Steps to Create Localized Outreach
- Examples of Awareness Activities
- Digital Materials
- Social Media
- Other Resources
For more information including downloadable/customizable materials such as posters, flyers, images, etc., please visit these partner websites:
- U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) (en Español)
In 2023 CDC, EPA, and HUD posted social media messages corresponding to the following questions, which were designed to spark conversation on ways we can reduce and prevent lead exposure. Below each question are a few suggestions on information and topics to share and discuss if you decide to develop your own content. There is also “ready to post” content for each question in the table at the end.
Outreach for 2023 NLPPW through Social Media
EPA, CDC and HUD posted social media messages corresponding to daily questions for conversation during NLPPW and, starting in September, posted social media messages corresponding to the theme, “Together, we can prevent lead exposure!” Sub-themes include the following
- Get the Facts
- Get Your Home Tested
- Get Your Child Tested
Join @CDCgov, @CDCEnvironment, @EPA, and @HUDgov in sharing the #NLPPW2023 Key Messages on your social media to help spark the conversation about lead. For 2023 NLPPW, you could retweet or share messages sent from the EPA, CDC and HUD social media accounts, and/or use the Sample Social Media Package [PDF – 2 MB] (en Español [PDF 1.7 MB]) to write your own posts using the content ideas or adapt the sample posts for your social media account(s).
Find more social media graphics on CDC’s page: https://www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead/resources/social-media-graphics.html
Find more shareable materials on EPA’s page: https://www.epa.gov/lead/national-lead-poisoning-prevention-week#social
Sample Social Media Posts for 2023 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 #NLPPW2023 and when appropriate #EJ or #EnvironmentalJustice. Also, tag CDC, EPA and/or HUD to help mobilize individuals and communities to take action to reduce the risk of lead exposure in their environments. Interested in learning more about Lead from EPA, HUD, and CDC?
This year, National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week is October 22–28, 2023! We’re joining @CDCgov, @EPA, and @HUDgov because together, we can prevent lead exposure. 🧒 Learn more about Healthy Homes. 🏠 https://www.hud.gov/program_offices/healthy_homes/NLPPW
Together, we can prevent lead exposure! 💪 Learn how to prevent lead poisoning by joining us and @CDCgov, @EPA, and @HUDgov for National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week 2023. More info about preventing lead exposure. 🔍 www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead/docs/how-to-prevent-lead-poisoning-in-children.html
Together, we can prevent lead exposure! 💪 Join @CDCgov, @EPA, and @HUDgov October 22–28, 2023 for National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week. Register for one of @EPA’s upcoming webinars on preventing childhood lead exposure. 🧒https://www.epa.gov/lead/national-lead-poisoning-prevention-week
Together we can prevent lead exposure! 💪 That’s why we’re organizing [insert activity name] on [Day], [Date] from [Time] to prevent lead exposure in our community. Register today by visiting [insert link]
Get the facts about lead. Check out @EPA’s Protect Your Family pamphlet to protect against lead exposure in your home. 👪 Available in 12 languages. 🗣️ https://www.epa.gov/lead/protect-your-family-lead-your-home-real-estate-disclosure #NLPPW2023 #LeadFreeKids
Parents and caregivers: If you work with or near lead-based products, you can carry lead dust home on your clothes and shoes! 👕 🥾 Learn more from @CDCgov on how to keep your family safe from lead exposure. https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/lead/
Have a question about lead or lead poisoning? The National Lead Information Center provides information about lead, lead hazards, and preventing lead exposure. Call them toll-free at 📞 1-800-424-LEAD  or visit: www.epa.gov/lead/forms/lead-hotline-national-lead-information-center
You cannot 👁️, 👅, or 👃 lead in drinking water. But you can learn more from @EPA about sources of lead in drinking water & ways to prevent exposure. 🔍 www.epa.gov/sites/default/files/2017-08/documents/epa_lead_in_drinking_water_final_8.21.17.pdf [PDF – 580 KB]
Wipe and remove shoes before entering your home to avoid bringing in lead-contaminated soil from outside. 🥾 🌱 This helps prevent potential lead exposure. Learn more ways from @EPA to protect your family from lead exposure. www.epa.gov/lead/protect-your-family-sources-lead#soil
Before drinking, flush your home’s pipes by running the tap, taking a shower, doing laundry, or doing a load of dishes. Learn more about reducing lead in water. 💧 www.epa.gov/ground-water-and-drinking-water/basic-information-about-lead-drinking-water#reducehome
A little lead can cause BIG problems. Act early! Blood lead testing is required for children with Medicaid at 12 & 24 months old and recommended for children at these ages who are higher risk. 🧒 Talk to your doctor and learn more: https://www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead/faqs/lead-faqs.htm
Children with lead poisoning usually do not look or act sick. That’s why a blood lead test is the best way to know if your child has been exposed to lead. 🩸 Ask your healthcare provider about getting your child tested. 👨⚕️ www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead/prevention/blood-lead-levels.htm
Children’s growing bodies are more vulnerable to the effects of lead. 👧 Contact your healthcare provider & ask for your child to be tested for lead. 👨⚕️ https://www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead/prevention/testing-children-for-lead-poisoning.htm
Lead is a highly toxic metal. 🧪 It can cause a range of health problems, especially in young children! 😢 Learn more about the link between lead exposure and behavioral problems in children. 🔍 https://www.hud.gov/program_offices/healthy_homes/healthyhomes/
Lead poisoning is preventable! Get your child tested. A simple blood test can detect lead. 🩸 Learn about more ways to protect children from lead exposure.
www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead/docs/lead-levels-in-children-fact-sheet-508.pdf [PDF – 100 KB]
No safe blood lead level has been identified for children. 🩸 Even low levels of lead in the blood can have lifelong health impacts. @CDCgov has more information on how to protect your children. 👧 www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead/docs/know-the-facts.html
There’s only one way to know if there’s lead in your home—by getting it tested! 🏠 Talk to your health department about testing for lead in paint, dust, and soil. www.epa.gov/lead/questions-and-answers-homeowners-and-renters-about-understanding-lead-inspections-risk
When lead-based paint gets old, it can start to peel, chip, or crack and become a hazard. 🏠 Learn more tips from @EPA to reduce sources of lead exposure in older homes and buildings. www.epa.gov/lead/protect-your-family-sources-lead#older
Was your home built before 1978? 🏠 Many homes built before then have lead-based paint. Check suspected surfaces regularly for deteriorating paint. Find out about other common sources of exposure in homes. www.epa.gov/lead/protect-your-family-sources-lead#older
Not sure whether your home has lead-based paint? 🏠 Get your home tested for lead hazards by a lead professional! You can find one near you by visiting 👉 www.epa.gov/lead/findaprofessional.
When lead-based paint deteriorates, either inside or outside the home, lead can end up in household dust and soil. 💨🌱 Learn from @HUDhealthyhomes about preventing lead exposure in homes. 🔍 www.hud.gov/sites/documents/DOC_11875.PDF [PDF – 332 KB]
Concerned about lead in your drinking water? Check out #ProtectYourTap, an online guide by @EPA to identify lead pipes and reduce exposure to lead in drinking water. 👉 https://www.epa.gov/ground-water-and-drinking-water/protect-your-tap-quick-check-lead
- 5 Things You Can Do – information on how to help lower elevated blood lead levels, in English [PDF – 234 KB] and en Español [PDF – 166 KB]
- All Children Can Be Exposed to Lead – real-world examples of situations where children have been exposed to lead. (Printable PDF [PDF – 1 MB])
- Are You Pregnant? – information on lead poisoning prevention for pregnant women, in English [PDF – 2 MB] and en Español [PDF – 2 MB]
- Blood Lead Levels in Children [PDF – 100 KB] – fact sheet with information on blood lead levels in children.
- How to Prevent Lead Poisoning in Children – common sources of lead and steps to reduce your child’s risk of lead exposure. (Printable PDFs in English [PDF – 1 MB] and en Español [PDF – 1 MB])
- Know the Facts – facts and information on lead poisoning prevention. (Printable PDFs in English [PDF – 977 KB] and en Español [PDF – 1 MB])
- Childhood Lead Exposure in the United States: CDC’s Role in Prevention, Education, and Surveillance – Subject matter experts from CDC discuss sources of lead in children’s environments, populations at higher risk, current trends among children in the U.S., prevention strategies, and current initiatives at CDC.
- Lead-Based Paint PSA – EPA video about safely renovating when there is lead-based paint in your home.
- Lead Exposure – causes, symptoms, and prevention of childhood lead poisoning, in English and en Español.
- Mission Unleaded: How to test children for lead with maximum accuracy – reducing the risk of contamination during blood collection for lead testing.
- Health Department Strategies for Implementing Health in All Policies to Reduce and Prevent Lead Exposure: A factsheet outline the 7 strategies of Health and all Polices featuring lead poisoning prevention examples at state and local level, available at: fact_sheet_health-department-strategies-for-implementing-hiap-to-reduce-and-prevent-lead-exposure.pdf (nchh.org) [PDF – 987 KB]
- Stories from the Field Case Studies of Lead and Health in All Policies: A collection of case studies from three communities who used Health in All Policies to advance their lead poisoning prevention work, available at: https://nchh.org/who-we-are/nchh-publications/case-studies/stories-from-the-field-case-studies_hiap/
- Implementing a Health in All Polices Approach to Lead Poisoning Prevention: A report summarizing key themes of Health in All Policies (HiAP) strategies to address lead poisoning prevention at the state level, available at: https://astho.org/generickey/GenericKeyDetails.aspx?contentid=23734&folderid=5156&catid=7203
- Sustainability of Funding Toolkit for Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Programs: Overview of sources of funding and revenue streams available to state childhood lead poisoning prevention programs and strategies for sustainability planning, available at: https://www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead/docs/sustainability-funding-toolkit-508.pdf [PDF – 1 MB].