National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week
October 19-25, 2014

Messages, tools and resources for Lead Poisoning Prevention Fund partners and interested organizations.

This year, Maine CDC has timed its annual targeted mailing of information and offers for free lead dust test kits to families of young children to coincide with National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (NLPPW). Families of children born in 2013 will receive the mailing in October.

We are asking interested LPPF-funded Community Partners to help us promote NLPPW and the targeted mailing by making use of the following tools and materials.

Please contact Karyn Butts (207-287-6650) with any questions.


Images of the Cover of the Mailer

Use these images with your social media posts, your articles or wherever, to provide a cue and/or visual interest.

PDF (1.5 MB)

Hi-Res.jpeg (1.2 MB)

Low-Res.jpeg (82 KB, for web use)


Social Media
Follow Maine CDC on Twitter and Facebook to re-tweet and re-post the daily lead poisoning prevention tips below. Or use the tips on your organizations social media sites to promote lead poisoning prevention.

  • Lead Poisoning Tip: Assume your home has lead paint in it if it was built before 1950. Be lead-safe when you clean, paint and fix-up your home. More info.
  • Lead Poisoning Tip: Live in an old home? Ask your doctor to test your young children for lead even if they seem healthy. More info. for parents.
  • Lead Poisoning Tip: Hire an RRP certified contractor to paint or work on your home if it was built before 1978. Find out more.
  • Lead Poisoning Tip: Report chipped or cracked paint to your landlord if you live in an older home built before 1978. More info.
  • Lead Poisoning Tip: Dont bring lead home from your job to your home and family. More info.
  • Lead Poisoning Tip: Make sure your children do not chew on painted surfaces, such as window sills. More info. for parents.

Here are additional social media sample posts specific to encouraging lead dust testing for your use whenever appropriate (note some have seasonal references).

  • Got young kids and an old home? Get a free lead dust test—find out if your child is at risk for lead poisoning.
  • Warm days + cool nights=lead dust. Check the math: Windows on homes built before 1950 are a common source of lead dust, especially during times when we open and shut windows a lot like fall. Lead dust can be harmful for young children and pregnant women. Find out if your windows are a source of lead dust, order a FREE test kit:
  • Put down your paint brush! Repairs and projects in homes built before 1950 can create a lot of lead dust, but it only takes a tiny amount to harm a child. If youve been doing work in your home you can find out if your project left a lot of lead dust order a FREE test kit and find out about lead-safe work:
  • Hello parents! Do you know if you have lead dust in your home? If you live in home built before 1950 and have young kids you can use our FREE lead dust test kit to find out. Lead dust is the most common cause of lead poisoning in Maine. Order today: and watch a short video on how-to do the test at
  • FREE! Now that we have your attention, order a free kit to find out if you have lead dust in your home. A must-do for parents of young children who live in homes built before 1950. Lead dust can be harmful for young kids and pregnant women.
  • Spring cleaning? Dont overlook harmful lead dust that comes from chipping, peeling, or cracking paint in old homes. If you have an old house and young kids, order a FREE kit to find out if your home has lead dust.

Swiss Cheese Press Release

Can be modified by partners for distribution to local media outlets. May be more useful for partners in High Density Areas.

Swiss Cheese Press Release with Talking Points (word)


Written Pieces
Here are several versions of written pieces that you can use in any print or web outlets that you think appropriate, like your organization's newsletter or website, your local paper, etc.

About the mailing and NLPPW (Word, long and short versions)

About the brochures for use after NLPPW (Word, long and short versions)

Article geared toward parents (Word)


Flair for the Web
Buttons, badges, banners, widgets, e-cards, podcasts, videos…the U.S. CDC has several items you can publish on your website or on your social media site to promote National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week. Check it out. External site disclaimer