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File #: 180912    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 10/18/2018 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 10/18/2018
Title: Recognizing October 21-27, 2018 as Lead Poisoning Prevention Week in the City of Philadelphia.
Sponsors: Councilmember Reynolds Brown, Councilmember Parker, Councilmember Gym, Councilmember Oh, Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Greenlee, Councilmember Johnson, Councilmember Blackwell, Councilmember Jones, Councilmember Bass, Councilmember Squilla, Councilmember Quiñones Sánchez, Councilmember Green, Councilmember Taubenberger, Councilmember O'Neill, Councilmember Henon
Attachments: 1. Signature18091200.pdf
Recognizing October 21-27, 2018 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 among the City's children over the past decade, rates remain higher than the national average. 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; 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, In the United States, children experiencing poverty 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. City Council worked closely with homeowners, lead specialists and experts and advocates to tackle the issue of lead paint in rented properties. The resulting legislation compelled landlords to disclose the presence of lead paint in their properties and requires properties to be certified lead free or lead safe before they are rented to tenants with children under six years old; and


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