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Posted on: October 25, 2020

[ARCHIVED] CITY OF MARSHALLTOWN OBSERVES NATIONAL LEAD POISONING PREVENTION WEEK, OCTOBER 25-31, 2020

Lead Poisoning Prevention Week

CITY OF MARSHALLTOWN OBSERVES NATIONAL LEAD POISONING PREVENTION WEEK, OCTOBER  25-31, 2020

The City of Marshalltown is pleased to recognize National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, October 25-31, 2020. The City hopes to raise local awareness about the danger of lead exposure and poisoning and educate parents on how to reduce exposure to lead in their environment, prevent its serious health effects, and learn about the importance of testing children for lead

National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. 

About 3.6 million American households have children under 6 years of age who live in homes with lead exposure hazards. According to the CDC, about 500,000 American children between ages of 1 and 5 years have blood lead levels greater than or equal to the level of blood reference value, the level at which CDC recommends public health actions.

Lead can be found inside and outside the home, including in the water that travels through lead pipes or in the soil around the house. However, the most common source of exposure is from lead-based paint, which was used in many homes built before 1978. Adults and children can get lead into their bodies by breathing in the lead dust (especially during activities such as renovations, repairs or painting) or by swallowing lead dust that settles in food, food preparation surfaces, floors, window sills, and other places, or eating paint chips or soil that contain lead. 

Children can also become exposed to lead dust from adults’ jobs or hobbies, and from some metal toys or toys painted with lead-based paint. Children are not exposed equally to lead, nor suffer its consequences in the same way. These disparities unduly burden minority families and low-income families and their communities. 

The problem is largely preventable with increased testing and education. 

The City of Marshalltown is a Lead Hazard Reduction Grantee and has funding available to assist eligible households with the needed repairs to make your home Lead Safe. Contact the City Lead Program staff for information about how to apply for the program.

Phone: 641-754-6583

Office Location: 36 North Center Street, Marshalltown

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