National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week
October 22-28, 2017

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

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

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: Don't 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. www.maine.gov/healthyhomes
  • 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: www.maine.gov/healthyhomes.
  • 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: www.maine.gov/healthyhomes.
  • 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: www.maine.gov/healthyhomes and watch a short video on how-to do the test at www.youtube.com/user/MainePublicHealth.
  • 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. www.maine.gov/healthyhomes
  • 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. www.maine.gov/healthyhomes.

Article for Parents
Use this short article in any print or web outlets that you think appropriate, like your organization's newsletter or website, your local paper, etc.

Article geared toward parents (Word)

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