Housing & Family Services and Public Health & Wellness Departments to Hold Lead Poisoning Prevention Events
Tuesday October 16, 2007
Louisville, Ky. (October 16, 2007) October 21st – 27th is National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week. The Louisville Metro Department of Housing and Family Services and the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness will hold the following special events in observance of National Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Week. All events are free.
Monday, October 22nd – 1 to 4 p.m.
Door-to-Door Education and Service Promotion in the Shelby Park and Smoketown Communities.
Housing and Public Health and Wellness Department staff will distribute information on the Lead Safe Louisville Project, on toy recalls, and on childhood lead poisoning prevention.
Wednesday, October 24th – 2 to 7 p.m.
Portland Community Center, 640 N. 27th Street
Lead Poisoning Prevention Awareness Event
There will be blood lead level testing for children 6 month to 6 years old and for pregnant women, lead safe cleaning and weatherization demonstrations, demonstrations on how to make healthy snacks, and information on the Lead Safe Louisville Project. There will also be free refreshments and door prizes.
Friday, October 26th – 5:30 to 8 p.m.
Louisville Zoo, World’s Largest Halloween Party
Coloring books on lead poisoning prevention as well as information on the Lead Safe Louisville Project will be available.
Although childhood lead poisoning is the most preventable environmental disease of young children, nearly 1 million children across America have elevated blood lead levels. The primary source of children being poisoned is lead- based paint found in homes built before 1978. The goal of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is to eliminate childhood lead poisoning in the United States by 2010.
The Lead Safe Louisville Project has funds available to remove lead hazards from the home. Lead Safe Louisville is a federally funded program of the Louisville Metro Department of Housing and Family Services. “Louisville is very fortunate to have been the recipient of a lead grant that allows us to remove dangerous lead hazards of qualified households at no cost to the families. Not only are we able to remediate lead hazards in the home, but many times are able to make the home energy efficient,” said Kimberly Bunton, Director of the Department of Housing and Family Services. The goal of the program is to remove lead hazards from homes built before 1978 where children under age 6 or where pregnant women live. For more information, phone 574-3107 or visit Lead Safe Louisville
“Lead poisoning can cause very serious and permanent damage to young children. It can even cause serious harm to a developing fetus,” said Dr. Adewale Troutman, Director of the Louisville Metro Department of Public and Wellness. “We urge parents to have children 6 months to 6 years old tested for elevated blood lead levels.” Parents may contact their health care provider or phone the Department of Public Health and Wellness at 574-6644 to have their