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Thursday, October 25, 2007
Boston pushing lead-poisoning prevention
As toys continue to be recalled for their high levels of lead paint -- including one announced by Mattel Thursday -- the City of Boston is promoting its lead poisoning prevention campaign with an event next month.
A daylong Lead Safe Awareness Resource Fair will highlight the city's home-deleading programs and also test toys for lead. The event will begin at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 3, at the First Parish Church, 10 Parish Street, Dorchester.
The fair is part of an effort by the Boston 2010 Project to eliminate lead poisoning that also includes billboards left), mailings to property owners, and outreach to churches and community organizations.
Cases of childhood lead poisoning in Boston have fallen from 1,300 in 2000 to 460 last year, according to city figures. The neighborhoods with the most cases are Dorchester, Roxbury, Mattapan and Hyde Park. Lead paint use was banned in the United States in 1978, but older homes may still contain lead paint whose flakes children can breathe or eat, causing potential mental and physical problems.
For more information about deleading homes, call (617) 635-4663. To register for the fair, call (617) 279-2289, ext. 513.