Now available a lead poisoning prevention packet of materials designed to be used by librarians. The packet can be obtained by calling 1-800-424-LEAD. The good news is that lead poisoning is preventable, but only if parents, other caregivers, and members of the public are educated about the hazards of lead.
In an extensive study involving interviews with over 40,000 people (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, 12/97), EPA learned that almost 35% of the parents surveyed named the public library as their primary source of information on lead-based paint hazards. It probably would not surprise you, as a library professional, to learn that this response topped all other sources–TV, radio, newspapers, magazines, government agencies, doctors, health departments, and the workplace. The Librarian's Packet includes materials which will assist in spreading the lead poisoning prevention message:
- Runs Better Unleaded poster, brochure, 100 tips cards/bookmarks (with camera ready art for reproduction purposes)
- 2 reference copies of Lead in Your Home: A Parent's Reference Guide (a comprehensive guide for parents and homeowners designed to educate the public about lead hazards and lead poisoning prevention in the home)
- Parent's Guide poster featuring information on how to obtain this publication, and many others (by calling 1-800-424-LEAD).
Lead is recognized as one of the most significant environmental health threats to American children. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that almost, 1,000,000 American children under the age of six have elevated blood lead levels. According to the American Association of Pediatrics, lead can damage the brain and nervous system, and even a low level of lead exposure can cause learning disabilities, hearing loss, speech, language and behavior problems, and other serious health effects. Please help get the word out and "Get the Lead Out" of your patrons.