Connecticut Department of Public Health to sponsor Lead Safety Awareness forum

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The Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) announced that they are sponsoring a Lead Safety Awareness Forum and Day on Tuesday in Hartford.

DPH, along with the Commission on Women, Children, and Seniors and the Commission on Equity and Opportunity, will hold the Lead Safety Awareness Forum and Day event from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at the State Legislative Office Building in Hartford. 

The theme of this year’s forum is “Let’s Stop Using Kids as Lead Detectors.”

According to the CDC, nearly half a million children living in the United States have elevated blood lead levels that may cause significant damage to their health.

Major sources of lead exposure to children include lead-based paint and lead-contaminated dust in deteriorating buildings. Children can also be exposed to lead from additional sources, including take-home exposures from a workplace and lead in soil. 

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