National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week


WHEREAS, every Virginian deserves to grow up in a healthy, safe environment, free from the harmful effects of lead; and

WHEREAS, at least four million households around the country include children who are exposed to high levels of lead; and

WHEREAS, although individuals with lead poisoning often exhibit no symptoms, lead interferes with normal brain development, and is associated with permanently reduced IQ, learning disabilities, behavioral disorders, and has been cited as an indicator of decreased lifelong learning potential; and

WHEREAS, very high levels of lead poisoning can cause seizures, comas, and even death; and

WHEREAS, the major source of lead exposure is the dust from deteriorating lead-based paint or renovations to houses or childcare facilities built before 1978; and

WHEREAS, the Commonwealth collaborates with federal, state, and local partners to ensure lead-safe housing for all Virginians, by developing and enforcing policies that support the prevention of lead exposure; and

WHEREAS, the Commonwealth works to increase the testing of children determined to be at-risk for lead exposure and community awareness of potential lead hazards; and

WHEREAS, October 19-25, 2014, is National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week; and

WHEREAS, National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week is an opportunity for Virginians to take part in educational activities and spread awareness of lead poisoning prevention measures;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize October 19-25, 2014, as NATIONAL LEAD POISONING PREVENTION WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.