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Community Services and Revitalization Newsroom

Local Efforts to Prevent Lead Poisoning

Sunday October 23, 2011

Media Contacts:
Debbie Belt, 574-6587
Phil Miller, 574-1901

Local Efforts Draw Attention to Dangers of Lead;
Free Lead Inspections and Follow-up Available

National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week is Oct. 23–29
To help prevent childhood lead poisoning, the Lead-Safe Louisville Project is participating in several community events as part of National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (NLPPW), Oct. 23 – 29. This year's theme, "Lead-Free Kids for a Healthy Future," underscores the importance of testing your home, testing your child, and learning how to prevent lead poisoning’s serious health effects.

Despite the continued presence of lead in the environment, lead poisoning is entirely preventable. To draw attention to the risk factors and available services, the Lead-Safe Louisville Project, a program of the Louisville Metro Department of Community Services and Revitalization, is partnering with the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program, a program of the Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness, and several national organizations including the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Centers for Disease Control, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Houses and apartments built before 1978 are most likely to have lead-based paint which can create a hazard to those living there. Key risk factors are chipping or peeling paint on doors, windows, woodwork or exterior siding. Children are particularly prone to lead poisoning in such environments. Lead poisoning can cause nervous system and kidney damage, learning disabilities, speech problems, behavioral problems, hearing damage, decreased muscle and bone growth, seizures and even death (with high levels of lead).

The Lead Safe Louisville Project provides a free inspection and risk assessment for qualified property owners, whether owner-occupied, rental or multi-family units. If lead hazards are found on the property, the LSL Project provides funds to remediate them. In addition, each child under 6 years of age living in the home receives a free blood lead level screening test.

For information on how to qualify for the Lead-Safe Louisville Project, call 502.574.3107. LSL is federally funded through the Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Patrol (Federal HUD Grant #KYLHB0445-09).

Local community awareness events during NLPPW include:

Oct. 25, 3 p.m. to 4:30 pm
Literature distribution to local libraries and hardware stores in target areas

Oct. 26, 3 p.m. to 4pm
Literature distribution to daycares in target areas

Oct. 27, 5 p.m. to 8:30 pm
Information booth at the Louisville Zoo’s “World’s Largest Halloween Party”, 1100 Trevilian Way

Now through Oct. 31
Information table at the Urban Government Center, 810 Barret Avenue, Front lobby