National Lead Poisoning Prevention WeekOctober 30th, 2020 | Network News
It’s National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, and our community’s health is at stake. We need your help. COVID-19 has affected our community in many ways and has created new obstacles for keeping families safe from lead poisoning.
A combination of factors like children spending more time indoors in potentially unsafe housing, a recent surge of ‘do-it-yourself’ home renovations potentially exposing families to toxic paint and lead dust, and a diversion of resources away from other public health issues to COVID-19 could put more local young children at risk.
Monroe County has a long history of keeping children safe from lead, but we need partners like you to help spread awareness and maintain the health of our most vulnerable. Get your child tested for lead: Remember, it is New York State law that every child should be tested for lead at 1 and 2 years old. Talk to your healthcare provider if you’re unsure of whether your child has already been tested. You can learn more here.