As part of the National Lead Poisoning Prevention week (NLPPW), Wayne State University and the Detroit Department of Health and Wellness Promotion will be offering free lead testing to children age 6 and under at: St. Andrew and Benedict Catholic Church, 2430 South Beatrice, Detroit, MI 48217, Wednesday, October 27, 2010, between 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm.
National Lead Poisoning Prevention week is October 24-30, 2010. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that nearly a quarter of a million children living in the United States have blood lead levels high enough to cause significant damage to their health. Major sources of lead exposure among U.S. children are lead-based paint and lead-contaminated dust found in deteriorating buildings. Despite the continued presence of lead in the environment, lead poisoning is entirely preventable.
This years NLPPW theme, Lead-Free Kids for a Healthy Future, underscores the importance of testing your home, testing your child, and learning how to prevent lead poisonings serious health effects.
Below are some tips for parents to reduce a child’s exposure to lead.
1. Get your Home Tested. Before you buy an older home, ask for a lead inspection.
2. Get your Child Tested. Even if your young children seem healthy, ask your doctor to test them for lead.
3. Get the Facts! Your local health department can provide you with helpful information about preventing childhood lead poisoning.
For more information, contact Erica Raglinat313-577-5043.
Halloween treats will be given to the children!!!
Source: City of Detroit, Ms. Roshani Dantas, Policy Analyst/Green Initiatives, Green Task Force