SHASTA COUNTY – The Health and Human Services Agency is celebrating Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Week October 21st-27th with an informational campaign about childhood lead poisoning. Our theme this year is, “Dust and dirt with lead can hurt. Keep kids away from lead where they play.”

“The purpose of this campaign is to remind parents that lead poisoning can be detrimental to young children’s health and development. It’s important for parents to ask their child’s doctor about lead testing,” stated Karen Ramstrom, DO, MSPH, Shasta County Health Officer.

As part of the campaign, there will be an educational display at the Shasta County Administration Office, 1450 Court St., in Redding.

Information about lead poisoning prevention will also be available at two special storytime events at local libraries that are free and open to the public:

  • 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, at the Anderson Library, 3200 W. Center St., Anderson.
  • 10:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 26, at the Redding Library, 1100 Parkview Ave., Redding.

Lead poisoning can seriously affect a child’s brain and nervous system. It can cause learning and behavioral problems. A blood lead test is the only way to identify lead poisoning in children.

In California, children can be exposed to lead by ingesting lead-contaminated dust, paint chips from deteriorating lead-based paint, and lead-contaminated soil. Other sources of lead poisoning include lead dust brought home on parents’ work clothes, certain imported ceramic pottery, painted objects, traditional home remedies, and imported spices, candies, and other food products. Additionally, activities that involve lead products such as soldering, making stained glass, and handling bullets or fishing sinkers can put children at risk.

Information provided will educate how to protect children from this silent and serious environmental disease. Background material available upon request at (530) 225-5122.