National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week 2017

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The theme of this year’s National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (NLPPW) is Lead Free Kids for a Healthy Future. The NLPPW Campaign aims to help individuals, organizations, and state and local governments to work together to reduce childhood exposure to lead.  Through NLPPW, campaign organizers can help spread the word to:

  1. Get Your Home Tested: Find out how to minimize risks of lead exposure by hiring a certified professional to test older homes for lead.
  2. Get Your Child Tested: A simple blood test can detect lead. Consult your doctor for advice on testing your children.
  3. Get the Facts: Find out about the hazards of lead.

The toolkit provides state and local governments and organizations with key materials and resources that are available for distribution to a wide array of audiences. The digital Campaign Resource Package Includes:

  • Sample Press Release
  • Key Messages
  • Sample Newsletter Article
  • Sample Social Media
  • Infographic
  • Healthy Homes Apps for download

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Click Here to download the new, "National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week Toolkit"

NLPPW Campaign Resource Materials                                                                                                  

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Click Here to download the NLPPW Campaign Resource Package

  • Resources for Developing a Campaign
  • Icons
  • Posters
  • Social Media/Multimedia Outreach
  • Online Resources
  • Awareness Activities Examples

NLPPW Banners and Editable Content                                                                                                

HUD Photo Click here to download NLPPW horizontal banner     HUD PhotoClick here to download 8.5x11 Poster

HUD PhotoClick here to download 18x24 Poster                           HUD PhotoClick here to download NLPPW 2017 Flyer

HUD PhotoClick here to download the NLPPW Campaign Resource Package

Key Messages                                                                                                                                           

  • A lead-based paint inspection tells you if your home has lead-based paint, and where it is located.
  • A risk assessment tells you if your home currently has any lead hazards from lead in paint, dust or soil.
  • A combination inspection and risk assessment tells you if your home has any lead-based paint hazards, and where they are located.
  • Children's blood lead levels tend to increase rapidly from 6 to 12 months of age.
  • A simple blood test can detect lead.
  • Blood lead tests are usually recommended for children at ages 1 and 2, for children or other family members who have been exposed to high levels of lead , and for children who should be tested under your state or local health screening plan.
  • Speak with your doctor to have them explain the test results.
  • Many homes built before 1978 have lead-based paint. Lead from paint, paint chips, and dust can pose serious health hazards.
  • Adults and children can get lead into their bodies by breatjing in lead dust (especially during activities such as renovations, repairs or painting), or by swallowing lead dust that settles on food, food preperations surfaces, and other places, or eating paint chips or soil that contains lead.
  • The most common sources of lead in drinking water are lead pipes, faucets, and fixures.
  • Examples of other sources of lead include: lead smelter, toys, furniture, lead-glazed pottery or procelain.

Sample Newsletter article                                                                                                                         

Use this text in your press release to inform the media about NLPPW 2017 and lead poisoning prevention activities. Insert local details and quotes from your representatives in the highlighted spaces provided.

Sample Social Media                                                                                                                                

Click here to view sample social messaging

Download Healthy Homes Apps                                                                                                           

NLPPW is now also international – visit the World Health Organization’s International Lead Poisoning Prevention 2017 Week of Action website for a detailed list of events and international outreach materials.


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