Richmond Health Department hosting activities for Lead Poisoning Prevention Week

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — During National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, the Richmond City Health District’s Lead-Safe and Healthy Homes Initiative (LSHHI) is conducting special events to educate adults and children, and promote lead poisoning prevention.

Activities will include “Hands-On” handwashing demonstrations with complimentary Lead-Free towels; Family Story Time featuring “Little Dusty goes exploring” and “the Bug Family Learns About Lead.”

  • Tuesday, October 25th at the East End Library, 1200 N. 25th Street, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 26th at the Main Library, 101 E. Franklin Street, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

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According to the Richmond City Health Department, hundreds of thousands of children living in the United States have elevated blood lead levels that may cause significant damage to their health. The biggest source of childhood lead poisoning is paint in homes built before 1978 (before lead-based paint was banned). Since 83 percent of Richmond residential housing was built before 1978, the risk for exposure from deteriorating leaded paint is very high for Richmond children.

City of Richmond residents can contact the Richmond City Health District Lead Safe & Healthy Homes Initiative at 804-205-3500 ext. 7, and at www.healthyhomesrchd.com or visit the Virginia Department of Health website at www.vahealth.org/leadsafe/ for information about the Lead Safe Virginia Program.

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