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Lead Safety Event to be held at the Villagers at Carver Family YMCA in Atlanta

Release Date: 10/26/2007
Contact Information: Dawn Harris Young, EPA Media Relations, (404)562-8421

(Atlanta, Ga. – Oct. 26, 2007) – On Tuesday, October 30, 2007 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Georgia Environmental Protection Division, the Centers for Disease Control and Angie's List will present “Lead Safety Tour - Atlanta” at the Villagers at Carver Family YMCA in Atlanta. The event will be held from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the YMCA on 1600 Pryor Street in Atlanta, Ga.

Free lead testing for children’s toys will be provided at the event. Families can bring up to ten toys in a plastic bag labeled with the owner's name and a cell or other contact number. Informational briefings also will be given for homeowners, parents, caregivers, landlords, real estate agents, residential renovators and painting contractors at 11:00, 12:00, and 1:00 p.m. The topics will include:

Hiring a Lead Certified Contractor for Your Home
Protecting Your Family from Lead in Your Home
When Doing Home Repairs
The Lead Certification Process in Georgia
What Landlords need to tell you
New Federal Lead Safety Rules for Contractors
A diet that can reduce children's lead absorption

Childhood lead poisoning is a major concern throughout the U.S. Lead is a highly toxic metal that was used for many years in products found in and around our homes. Lead may cause a range of health effects, from behavioral problems and learning disabilities, to seizures and death. Children 6 years old and under are most vulnerable to the effects of lead poisoning.

The Agency's Lead Awareness Program continues to work to protect human health and the environment against the dangers of lead by developing regulations, conducting research, and designing educational outreach efforts and materials.

For additional information about lead poisoning prevention and children's health, go to EPA’s website at: https://www.epa.gov/lead or call 1-800-424-LEAD.