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Primary Prevention

Children continue to be poisoned by lead in their homes because public policies at the city, county, state, and federal levels focus on coping with the consequences of lead poisoning, not on prevention.

As a rule, public policy in Monroe County is to wait until a child has been lead poisoned and then require that the lead hazards be identified and fixed.  But lead poisoning is permanent.  The only way to protect children is primary prevention -- finding and fixing the hazards before children are poisoned.

In spite of many good efforts to fix houses one or two or ten at a time, we will not eliminate childhood lead poisoning in this community until we change those policies.

The following pages describe the policy changes that are needed at each level of government in order to protect all children.

Coalition to Prevent Lead Poisoning 

Committed to ending childhood lead poisoning in Monroe County by 2010

For more information, contact:  pbrantingham@leadsafeby2010.org