LEAD-FREE KIDS FOR A HEALTHY FUTURE—NATIONAL LEAD POISONING PREVENTION WEEK
October 19-25, 2014
Hundreds of thousands of children living in the United States have elevated blood lead levels that may cause significant damage to their health. They can develop behavior and learning problems (such as hyperactivity), slowed growth, hearing problems, and aggressive patterns of behavior. Stopping a child’s exposure to lead from leaded paint, house dust, or any other source is the best way to prevent the harmful effects of lead.
To raise awareness of the consequences of lead poisoning among parents and pregnant women who live in homes built before 1978, the Farmington Valley Health District is participating in National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (NLPPW) October 19-25. Farmington Valley Health District joins the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in encouraging parents to learn more about how to prevent lead poisoning.
This year’s NLPPW theme, “Lead-Free Kids for a Healthy Future,” underscores the importance of testing your home, testing your child, and learning how to prevent lead poisoning’s serious health effects.
Established in 1999 by the U.S. Senate, National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week occurs every year during the last week of October. During this week, many states and communities offer free blood-lead testing and conduct various education and awareness events. For more information about NLPPW activities in your area, contact Farmington Valley Health District. (860)352-2333
DEEP Grant Program Aims to Replace or Remove Inefficient Outdoor Wood Burning Furnaces
As part of an overall effort to address public health and environmental issues raised by the use of Outdoor Wood Burning Furnaces (OWF’s),
Connecticut’s Dept. of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) is offering a grant program that offers a financial incentive for the removal
OR replacement of older less efficient units.
DEEP said that its new “Good Deals for Good Neighbors” program will fund up to $4,000 of removal costs and a total of $7,000 for residents and
businesses that remove AND replace their current OWF models with newer and more efficient units. The Farmington Valley Health District is
encouraging all owners of OWF’s to consider this program.
Older, less efficient OWF’s emit wood smoke that impacts human health, primarily from breathing fine particulate matter. These fine particles are
associated with serious health impacts and are a special concern for young children, asthmatics, persons with respiratory or heart disease, diabetics
and the elderly.
Applications for funding are currently being accepted and will continue to be accepted through October 31, 2014. Connecticut residents who are
interested in receiving a grant through this program should visit the Good Deals for Good Neighbors webpage (www.ct.gov/deep/OWFIP) for