LEAD POISONING PREVENTION
The most common cause of childhood lead poisoning comes from lead paint dust in homes built prior to 1978. Even a tiny amount of lead dust can cause significant harm for young children as their brains are still developing, including behavior problems, learning disabilities, hearing damage, speech delays, and lower intelligence.
Not only is this a serious health concern among children under the age of six but it is 100% PREVENTABLE and CHCC has the resources to help:
Funds to help landlords remove lead paint safely.
Access to free test kits for preschools and tenants.
A cleaning schedule to prevent lead paint dust from spreading to areas in which your child may come in contact.
Presentations and educational videos to raise awareness about the dangers of lead poisoning.
Reach out today to access exclusive lead poisoning education resources, free testing kits, and funding for abatement in homes with lead paint.
City of Biddeford's Lead-Based Paint
Hazard Reduction Program
The City of Biddeford’s Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Program is an initiative to achieve lead-safe homes in Biddeford. The program is funded by HUD’s Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes and is offered by the City of Biddeford in partnership with Community Concepts and Coastal Healthy Communities Coalition.
As one of Maine’s oldest mill towns, Biddeford is one of five high-risk areas designated by the Maine Center for Disease Control (CDC) for having the greatest burden of children with lead poisoning. There are approximately 950 children under age six living in just over 5,000 housing units within the qualifying downtown area.
To learn more about how landlords can apply for the City of Biddeford Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction grant, visit their website at www.biddefordmaine.org.
How Toxic is Lead Paint?
Learn how to prevent and stop potential harm.
Check out this interview with the City of Biddeford’s Lead Program Director Gail Wilkerson as she explains the effects of lead poisoning on young children, cleaning procedures, free testing and relocation to protect their children, and funding available to landlords for abatement and healthy home inspections for fire/carbon monoxide safety upgrades. For questions about Biddeford’s program, call Gail at 207-284-9115 ext. 6 or visit the City of Biddeford’s website linked here.
What can you do to prevent childhood lead poisoning?
Everyone plays a part in childhood lead poisoning prevention. The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention offers free lead tests kits, as well as a wealth of information specifically for families, landlords, and homeowners (click above pictures). In addition, the City of Biddeford has partnered with us to run a Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Program. Visit the City of Biddeford website now to learn more about this community lead poisoning prevention initiative.