Lead Poisoning Prevention Week Highlights Local Threat to Children
“County’s Lead Primary Prevention Expands HEPA Vac Loaner Program”
Ways to reduce the incidence of childhood lead poisoning caused by the ingestion of lead paint chips or the inhalation of lead-laden dust is the theme of National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, October 24th through the 30th, Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr. said today.
“As long as childhood lead poisoning remains a public health threat in Oneida County, children’s health, education and employment opportunities will be impacted across their life spans resulting in higher taxes for residents to cover the costs of healthcare, special education and social services. Parents should be reminded to have their children tested for lead at one year and again at age two. Those living in houses with chipped and peeling paint are encouraged to have their children tested as early as 6-months and until 6-years of age. Through a cooperative community effort we can end Oneida County’s lead poisoning problem.”