|HUD No. 19-157
HUD Public Affairs
October 21, 2019
HUD MARKS NATIONAL LEAD POISONING PREVENTION WEEK
WASHINGTON â€“ Approximately 3.6 million families have young children who live in homes contaminated with lead-based paint hazards. Children of low-income families living in older un-assisted housing face the greatest risk of lead poisoning. To help focus more public attention to lead poisoning prevention, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is joining other federal agencies and a cross section of public health and other advocacy organizations to promote National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week.
This yearâ€™s theme centers on three essential messages: Get the Facts; Get Your Home Tested; and Get Your Child Tested. Learn more about National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week.
â€śWhile lead-based paint was banned for residential use nearly 40 years ago, we continue to witness young children being exposed to its toxic effects,â€ť said HUD Secretary Ben Carson. â€śAs we work to end this disease once and for all, we need to continue to educate families living in homes built before 1978 to get their homes tested and protect their children from hazardous lead paint.â€ť
This annual national public health education campaign comes after HUD recently awarded a record $319 million to state, local, and tribal communities to remove lead and other home health and safety hazards. In addition, HUD awarded $8.4 million to research organizations to study new, more cost-effective methods to address residential health hazards.
There are a variety of risks that result in lead exposure in the home:
- Renovations of older homes that can expose children if done improperly
- Lead brought home from parentsâ€™ workplaces
- Lead in drinking water from plumbing fixtures or supply pipes
- Lead-contaminated soil in childrenâ€™s play areas
HUDâ€™s Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) joined together to develop the Partner Information Toolkit, which has many outreach resources, and suggestions for outreach techniques, all aimed at mobilizing community action for National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week and beyond.