State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) today issued a statement in recognition of National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, which aims to increase lead poisoning prevention awareness in an effort to reduce childhood exposure and negative health outcomes attributed to lead.


“Lead is a well-known environmental toxin, with severe and irreversible consequences, especially for our children,” said Rep Howse. “I want to recognize the ongoing collaborative efforts to educate, advocate and raise awareness of this issue, and express my commitment to continue working together to keep our promise of better lives and brighter futures for children and families.”


About 3.6 million American households have children under 6 years of age who live in homes with lead exposure. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 500,000 American children between ages of 1 and 5 years have blood lead levels greater than or equal to the level of blood reference value, the level at which CDC recommends public health actions.


Lead can be found inside and outside the home, including in water that travels through lead pipes or in the soil around the house. However, the most common source of exposure is from lead-based paint, which was used in many homes built before 1978.


The problem is largely preventable with increased testing and education. The Department of Housing and Urban Development recently released a digital toolkit to assist with building awareness and implementation at the local level.

 
 
 
  
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