Scott County LEAD Poisoning Prevention Coalition

A non-profit 501 (c) 3organization

 

 

428 Western Avenue - 4thh Floor
Davenport, Iowa 52801-1004
563-326-8618 - fax 563-326-8774

May 15, 2003

News Release-For Immediate Use

Contact: Scott County Lead Poisoning Prevention Coalition, Marty Laughlin, President,

563-326-8618

RE: New program aimed at preventing lead poisoning.

The Scott County Lead Poisoning Prevention Coalition, with funding support from the Riverboat Development Authority and Scott County Regional Authority, is beginning a program that provides cleaning supplies and educational materials to families, in an effort to reduce the number of lead poisoned children in Scott County. The program is being targeted to families with children under six years of age who live or spend significant time in a dwelling built before 1978, and live in Scott County, Iowa. State and local statistics indicate that there is a high incidence of childhood lead poisoning in the county.

When a child in Scott County is lead-poisoned, paint in poor condition in these older homes is usually the source. However, children may be lead-poisoned if they:

When families pick up the cleaning supplies, instructions on cleaning methods to eliminate lead hazards will be included. These products and instruction are available for the families at Churches United Food Pantries and other Scott County food pantries.

The Scott County Lead Poisoning Prevention Coalition is a non-profit organization of local agencies and individuals interested in the elimination of lead poisoning in children.