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File #: 170930    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 10/26/2017 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 10/26/2017
Title: Recognizing October 22-28, 2017 as Lead Poisoning Prevention Week in the City of Philadelphia.
Sponsors: Councilmember Reynolds Brown, Councilmember Blackwell, Councilmember Green, Councilmember Taubenberger, Councilmember Gym, Councilmember Squilla, Councilmember Parker, Councilmember Bass, Councilmember Greenlee
Attachments: 1. Signature17093000.pdf
Recognizing October 22-28, 2017 as Lead Poisoning Prevention Week in the City of Philadelphia.

WHEREAS, Lead poisoning is a chronic public health issue in the City of Philadelphia. Though rates of elevated blood lead concentration have fallen dramatically among the City's children over the past decade, rates still remain higher than the national average. Between 2006 and 2016, rates of elevated blood lead fell from 11.2% to 3.4% in Philadelphia; the national average rate of exposure to lead among children aged one through five is 1.6%; and

WHEREAS, Lead exposure during childhood is particularly risky and can result in number of health and behavioral complications for children who are exposed to dangerous amounts of lead. Heightened blood levels of lead are known to cause slowing of growth and development, behavioral problems, difficulty learning and paying attention in school, and damage to hearing and speech abilities, which are irreversible. Long term, lead poisoning can damage the nervous and cardiovascular systems and have an impact on reproductive health; and

WHEREAS, Homes built before 1978 are most conducive to lead poisoning, as the national ban on lead-based paints went into effect that year. An estimated 95% of housing units in Philadelphia were built before 1978, while the national average is 54% of units. The most critical source of lead exposure among children in Philadelphia is dust or flakes from old paint; and

WHEREAS, In the United States, children of low socioeconomic status and African American children are more likely than other groups to be at risk of dangerous lead exposure. The most indicative factor of lead exposure is a child's home, which is more likely to contain dangerous levels of lead if it has not been properly inspected or remediated; and

WHEREAS, Members of this Body have taken affirmative steps to address the issue of lead poisoning in the City. In 2010, City Council worked closely with homeowners, le...

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