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Protect your children from lead poisoning

Posted Oct. 25, 2017

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National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The City of Fort Worth will present a series of informative articles during the week. The theme of this year’s National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week is Lead-Free Kids for a Healthy Future.

Through the City of Fort Worth’s Lead-Safe Program, families may be eligible for an assessment and possible lead hazard control work, which may include new windows, doors, and special cleaning and painting. There is no cost to participants.

Lead poisoning is 100 percent preventable. The key is to keep children from coming in contact with lead. Children become lead poisoned by:

  • Putting their hands or other lead-contaminated objects in their mouths.
  • Eating paint chips found in homes from peeling or flaking lead-based paint.
  • Playing in lead-contaminated soil.

Lead poisoning in children can cause damage to the brain and nervous system, slow growth and development, learning and behavioral problems, hearing and speech problems, and headaches.

Neighborhoods in high-risk ZIP codes have a high number of houses that were built before 1978. These ZIP codes are considered highest risk for lead-based paint hazards: 76104, 76105, 76106, 76110, 76111 and 76164.

You qualify if you meet all of the following:

  • A child under 6 years lives in the home or spends at least six hours a week in the home and 60 hours or more annually, or a pregnant female lives in the home.
  • Live in a house (own or rent) built before 1978 in Fort Worth.
  • Yearly income for all adults living in the home is at or below 80 percent Area Median Income (AMI) based on family size.

To learn more about testing your home, testing your child or child lead poisoning, contact the city’s Lead-Safe Program at 817-392-7319.

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