Congressman Engel: Take These Small Steps to Prevent Lead Poisoning

Congressman Engel: Take These Small Steps to Prevent Lead Poisoning

Washington D.C.—Congressman Eliot L. Engel, a leading member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Health Subcommittee, released the following statement on National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week:

“National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week is October 23-29. More than half a million American children have elevated blood lead levels. This can cause irreparable harm to children’s health, including brain and nervous system damage, slowed growth and development, and behavioral issues.

“Thankfully, lead poisoning is completely preventable. Here are a few steps you can take to protect your families:

  • Before you buy an older home, ask for a lead inspection – especially if your home was built before 1978. Lead-based paint and lead-contaminated dust in older buildings are significant sources of childhood lead exposure. If you’re remodeling, be sure to employ lead-safe practices.
  • Ask your doctor to test your children for lead – even if they seem healthy. Children under 6 are most at risk for lead poisoning. Even if you live in a new home, children can be exposed to lead through drinking water or soil.
  • Ensure your drinking water is safe. Old, lead-based pipes can decay and contaminate drinking water.

“To learn more about lead poisoning and how to avoid it, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) website. Together, we can raise awareness and protect NY-16’s children from harmful exposure to lead.”