HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — The Connecticut Department of Public Health recognized National Lead Poisoning Prevention this week by addressing the health effects and raising awareness. National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (NLPPW) started Sunday and was sponsored by the World Health Organization Global Alliance in order to stop lead paint production and raise awareness of childhood lead poisoning.
Krista Veneziano, a member of the DPH Childhood and Lead Poisoning Prevention Program said, “This year’s NLPPW theme, Lead-Free Kids for a Healthy Future, highlights the importance of testing your child, developing an awareness of lead paint hazards in your home and learning how to prevent lead poisoning’s serious health effects.”
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Organizations that were also involved were the U.S. Center for Disease Prevention and Control, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
“The Connecticut Department of Public Health Lead & Healthy Homes Program is supportive of the National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week initiative. Several of our state’s local health departments are conducting activities such as educational displays and local radio station interviews,” said Veneziano.
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Although lead paint was banned in the United States in 1978, the housing stock in Connecticut is among the oldest in the country and there are still many homes that contain lead paint. There are steps that can be taken to protect children from lead poisoning.
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