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									SPRINGTIME RENOVATION PRESS TEMPLATES – MARCH 2002 Lead Awareness Program Radio PSAs 30-second spot/ “Prescription for a Healthy Future” Announcer: What does your child’s future look like? Is it happy? Is it healthy? Today, one in every 25 children is affected by exposure to lead hazards. Lead poisoning most often happens at home and can lead to permanent learning and behavioral problems. If your home was built before 1978 or you think your child might have been exposed to peeling or chipping lead paint or lead dust, call your doctor and schedule a lead-poisoning test. Remember, lead poisoning is preventable! Call 1-800-424-LEAD for more information on how you can help ensure your child’s healthy future. 30-second spot/ “It’s in Your Home” Announcer: All parents have dreams for their children. Those precious dreams can be shattered when a child is diagnosed with lead poisoning. Children who are lead poisoned can suffer from permanent learning and behavioral problems. If you live in a home built before 1978, you may have lead paint. Protect your child and call 1-800-424-LEAD to find out how to have your home tested for lead. Or Announcer: Thinking about remodeling or doing renovations to your home this spring? Before you start any renovation or remodeling projects learn more about how lead paint may be hazardous to your family. Today, one in every 25 children is affected by exposure to lead hazards. If your home was built before 1978, call 1-800-424-LEAD for more information on getting your home tested for lead

60-second spot/ “Prescription For a Healthy Future” Announcer: All parents have dreams for their children. Those precious dreams can be shattered when a child is diagnosed with lead poisoning. What many parents may not know is that the remodeling of their home may cause a hazardous environment for their children. If you are planning to repaint or remodel, be sure to have your home tested for Lead. A child suffering from lead poisoning can suffer from permanent learning and behavioral problems, hearing problems and hyperactivity. Today lead poisoning is considered an important environmental health problem, affecting 900-thousand children. That means one in every 25 children has blood-lead levels above the level of concern. Lead poisoning can be prevented! Take the fist step towards prevention by calling 1-800-424-LEAD or visit www.epa.gov/lead.

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[AGENCY NAME] FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: [DATE] CONTACT: [NAME, PHONE NUMBER] [MEDIA ADVISORY] [YOUR AGENCY] ANNOUNCES XXXXXX] THEME: Spring into Lead-Safe Living! What Parents and Property Owners Need to Know Before Remodeling or Renovating Older Homes with Lead Paint [DATE] With lead poisoning rates still high in many U.S. cities, [Your agency] joins [Your town or community partner] to highlight the importance of following lead-safe work practices when remodeling or renovating a home with lead paint. The theme for this event, Spring into Lead-Safe Living!, helps parents and property owners take actions that will protect their children and tenants from lead hazards. WHEN: WHAT: WHERE: WHO:   [DATE & TIME] [TYPE OF EVENT (PRESS CONFERENCE, FAIR, ETC.)] [SPECIFIC LOCATIONS & ADDRESS] [LIST NAMES & ORGANIZATIONS PARTICIPATING] Childhood lead poisoning remains a major environmental health problem in the United States, and it is entirely preventable. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate nearly 900,000 children have elevated levels of lead per deciliter in their blood (10 micrograms or more of lead per deciliter of blood. The major source of lead poisoning cases is lead paint hazards in homes. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently finalized regulations aimed at identifying those hazards. Renovating or remodeling your home can be hazardous to your family’s health if your home contains lead paint. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development provides funding for lead-hazard control grants and loans throughout the country, in which trained professionals perform work. For a list of inspectors, risk assessors, and abatement

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contractors who have received training from a state-accredited trainer provider, call 1-888-LEAD-LIST.
For more information on safe renovation and remodeling practices contact the National Lead Information Center at 1-800-424-LEAD (424-5323) or visit EPA’s Web site at http://www.epa.gov/lead. ###

PRESS RELEASE [AGENCY NAME] FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: [DATE] CONTACT: [NAME, PHONE NUMBER]

During the Spring Remodeling Season, Think Lead-Safe! What You Need To Know Before You Remodel or Renovate Your Home [YOUR TOWN] - If you’re like most homeowners, you’ve probably thought about painting a room in your home or working on some other home improvement project this spring. Remodeling and renovating your home can create a better living space, give you a sense of satisfaction, and increase the value of your property. However, before you begin springtime renovations and whether you do it yourself or hire a professional, there are safety issues you should know about. Renovating or remodeling your home can be hazardous to your family’s health if your home contains lead paint. Paint containing lead was used in homes built before 1978, and extensively used in homes built before 1960. It was usually applied to windows, doors, stairs, railings, columns, porches, siding and trim. Since these are the places that often need work, many home improvement projects disturb old layers of lead paint and create lead paint dust, chips, or fumes. The dust and chips from leadbased paint are especially dangerous to small children and pregnant women when swallowed or inhaled. Lead can affect a child’s developing nervous systems and can lead to a reduced IQ and learning disabilities. In adults, lead can cause high blood pressure, headaches, digestive problems, memory and concentration problems, kidney damage, mood changes, nerve disorders, sleep disturbances, and muscle or joint pain. For both children and adults lead poisoning can result in serious harm to the brain, kidneys, nervous system, and red blood cells. Lead poisoning can occur from just one exposure to lead. Even though lead poisoning is completely preventable, approximately 900,000 U.S. children still have elevated levels of lead in their blood. The goal of this campaign is to significantly drive down the number of new lead cases. [OR INCLUDE STATEMENT, INFORMATION, OR QUOTE FROM A LOCAL HEALTH CARE PROVIDER OR EPA REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVE]

To protect yourself and your family from lead poisoning, follow lead-safe work practices, or hire a professional who has training and experience in dealing with the hazards of remodeling or renovating homes with lead paint. For a list of inspectors, risk assessors, and abatement contractors who have received training from a state-accredited trainer provider, call 1-888-LEADLIST.
For more information on safe renovation and remodeling practices contact the National Lead Information Center at 1-800-424-LEAD (424-5323) or visit EPA’s Web site at http://www.epa.gov/lead. ###


								
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