Nationally, October 24-30 marks Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, and locally, SC Gov. Henry McMaster proclaimed this week Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Week.
About 3.6 million American households have children under 6 years of age who live in homes with lead exposure hazards, according to HUD, and each year, more than 300 children are diagnosed with lead poisoning in the South Carolina. Lead exposure is especially dangerous to developing children and can lead to brain damage, learning disabilities, developmental delay, and behavioral and attention problems.
To learn more about Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, click here.
To learn more about the dangers of lead, click here or call the toll-free number 1-866-466-5323.
Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, 2021
What you can do
Get the Facts: Find out about the hazards of lead.
Get Your Home Tested: Find out how to minimize risks of lead exposure by hiring a certified professional to test older homes for lead. You can also check out this brochure.
Get Your Child Tested: A simple blood test can detect lead. Consult your health care provider for advice on testing your children.