National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week: October 22-28, 2017
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.
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Lead Poisoning Prevention Week 2017 Toolkit
The theme of this year’s National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (NLPPW) is Lead Free Kids for a Healthy Future. The NLPPW Campaign aims to achieve two goals:
- Raise awareness to reduce childhood exposure to lead.
- Encourage implementation of local activities and events in target communities.
The toolkit provides state and local governments and organizations with key materials and resources that are customizable for distribution to a wide array of audiences. The EPA/CDC/HUD toolkit includes
- Social Media
- Online Resources
- Multimedia Outreach
- Awareness Activities
- Resources for Developing a Campaign
The NLPPW toolkit is available here.
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;
- 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.
NLPPW is now also international – visit the World Health Organization’s International Lead Poisoning Prevention 2017 Week of Action website for a detailed list of events and international outreach materials.
CDC Promotional Materials
Sample Press Release
Use this text in your press release to inform the media about 2017 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 22-28, 2017.
- Children under age 6 are most at risk for lead poisoning.
- Prevent lead poisoning. Get your home tested. Get your child tested. Learn about drinking water. Understand 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 22-28. 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 22-28. Get your home tested. Get your child tested. Get the facts! Learn why it’s important to prevent lead exposure: http://ow.ly/BVYyU
National #LeadPoisoning Prevention Week is October 22-28. Learn more about lead exposure: http://ow.ly/BVYyU #LPPW2017 #leadfreekids
Prevent #LeadPoisoning. Get your home tested. Get your child tested. Learn about drinking water. Understand the facts! http://ow.ly/BVYyU #LPPW2017 #leadfreekids
Children under age 6 are most at risk for #LeadPoisoning. Learn more: http://ow.ly/BVYyU #LPPW2017 #leadfreekids
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.
Learn more about the Solve the Outbreak app here!
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.
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):
Is Your Child Safe from Lead Poisoning?
Dr. Mary Jean Brown, 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.
- 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 or call 1-800-424-LEAD (5323)
- CDC’s Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program
For more information about this toolkit, contact LeadInfo@cdc.gov.
- Page last reviewed: October 17, 2017
- Page last updated: October 17, 2017
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