City of Erie hosting session on lead poisoning Oct. 28

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The Redevelopment Authority of the City of Erie is partnering with the Lead-Free Promise Project to educate parents on the dangers of lead.

The Redevelopment Authority will host an engagement session to inform parents of ways to protect their children from lead paint poisoning. The event will take place on Thursday, Oct. 28, at the MLK Center on 312 Chestnut St. from 1 to 3:30 p.m.

Registrants for the event will be able to speak with health and human service agencies to learn what they can do to prevent lead paint poisoning and steps to take in the event their child has already been exposed. In Erie County:  

  • Almost 200 children are poisoned every year, enough to fill 10 pre-school classrooms.  
  • Only 21 percent of children are screened for lead  
  • The rate of lead poisoning in the children in Erie County is over one-and-a-half times higher than children in Flint, Mich., at the peak of the city’s crisis. 
  • Lead-based paint was not banned for residential use until 1978, and 72 percent of residential properties in Erie County were built before 1980.

Those interested in attending must call (814) 870-1540 to register. Those who register early will be eligible to receive prizes.

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