The week of October 19-25, 2014 is National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week. Its time to take note of where the risks are to protect your family. 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that one million children are affected by lead poisoning and one-half a million children in the U.S. are believed to have lead poisoning. A child who has lead poisoning might not look or act like they are sick. However lead poisoning can lower your child's IQ, make it difficult for them to pay attention and do well in school. Because lead poisoning can: 
  • Damage the brain and nervous system
  • Slow down growth and development
  • Cause learning and behavior problems
  • Result in hearing and speech problems
Lead is in our environment and sources include:
  • Homes built before 1978
  • Older water pipes
  • Some toys
  • Some imported candy
  • Lead-based products from certain jobs and hobbies
Lead poisoning is 100% preventable. Don't leave your child at risk. Below are helpful preventive resources.
Select to learn about lead hazards in your home
Photos of candies that are known to contain lead