Lead Poisoning Prevention Week
Wednesday October 23, 2013
Media Contacts: Debbie Belt, 574-6587 / 303-6167
Phil Miller, 574-1901 / 439-4726
Free Lead Inspections Available in Louisville
Part of National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, Oct. 20–26
To help prevent childhood lead poisoning, the Lead Safe Louisville Project is sponsoring free lead inspections to qualified homeowners. Lead Safe Louisville joins in National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, Oct. 20 – 26, to promote 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.
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 under 6 years of age 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, part of Louisville Metro Department of Community Services and Revitalization, 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 may be able to provide 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 502.574.4377 (Option 8) or visit http://www.louisvilleky.gov/CSR/Community+Services/Initiatives/Lead-Safe+Louisville.htm. LSL is federally funded through the Office of Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Patrol (Federal HUD Grant #KYLHB0551-13).