October 19-25, 2014 is National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week

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This year’s National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week theme, “Lead-Free Kids for a Healthy Future,” focuses on the many ways parents can reduce a child’s exposure to lead and prevent its serious health effects.

 

 

Here are some tips to protect your family:

Get your child a lead test.

  • Children should be tested until age five, and especially at one and two years of age.
  • Medicaid and insurance pays for the lead test.
  • WIC tests children in Kent County.
  • Ask your child’s doctor!

Make sure your home is safe.

  • Lead dust is invisible and can get on your child’s hands and toys.
  • Chipping and peeling paint can poison children.
  • Don’t let your child play in bare soil.

In Grand Rapids, the Get the Lead Out! program helps to protect children from lead poisoning. Through this program, there is financial help available to safely remove lead from your home. To be considered for current funding, applications must be received by Dec. 1, 2014. Learn more about the opportunity at GetTheLeadOutGR.org

 

Sources:
Get the Lead Out GR
Healthy Homes Coalition of West Michigan
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

 


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