More than 1,200 Monroe County children contract lead poisoning each year. These children suffer irreversible damage to their developing brains – impacting their cognitive function, behavioral control and lifetime health. The most common cause of lead poisoning in children is the ingestion of lead-based paint, commonly found in homes built before 1978. While lead poisoning isn’t curable, it is preventable, and the first step in prevention is education. WXXI is working with community partners to help eradicate lead poisoning in our community by the year 2010.
WXXI Productions Get the Lead Out
WXXI and the Coalition to Prevent Lead Poisoning, in partnership with the Monroe County Health Department and the Rochester Housing Council and Via Health, produced a video on lead safety. Get the Lead Out, hosted by Geoff Reed, an EPA-certified risk assessor and lead-based paint inspector, presents the latest guidelines and hands-on techniques to educate residents and landlords about lead. State Assemblyman David Gantt and the Rochester-area New York State Assembly Delegation funded the project with a $60,000 grant in support of the community’s quest to end lead poisoning by 2010.
Get the Lead Out DVDs and VHS tapes are distributed by the Coalition to Prevent Lead Poisoning, Monroe County Health Department, Rochester Housing Council, Via Health.
To get the Free DVD, contact the Lead Coalition Coalition to Prevent Lead Poisoning c/o Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency 1150 University Ave. Rochester, New York 14607-1647 phone: (585) 256-2267 fax: (585) 461-0997
New Mothers DVD The Lead Coalition and WXXI also produced a video for new mothers to learn about the dangers of lead poisoning and teach about the precautions families can take to keep homes and apartments lead-free. The New Mothers lead DVD is a 10-minute DVD distributed to new mothers at Strong Memorial Hospital, educating on the dangers and precautions about lead poisoning.