In recognition of Lead Poisoning Prevention Week from Oct. 20–26, the Burlington County Freeholders will offer free lead testing for children’s toys on Friday, Oct. 25, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Burlington County Health Department off Woodlane Road, Westampton.
“We want our residents to be aware of the dangers of lead poisoning and look for items that could potentially have lead in them,” said Burlington County Freeholder Director Joe Donnelly said. “This is a great opportunity for parents to have toys tested to protect their kids.”
Testing will be conducted by the Burlington County Health Department and is limited to five items per household.
According to health officials, a child’s brain grows the fastest between the ages of 0–6 years. Exposure to lead, a highly toxic metal, can have serious health effects in children. Children with high blood-lead levels can suffer from damage to the brain and nervous system, behavior and learning problems, such as hyperactivity, slowed growth, hearing problems and headaches.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that there are approximately 300,000 children with high levels of lead in their bodies. The primary exposure to lead in children in the United States is through lead-based paint, but lead is also showing up in many products, such as toys, jewelry, zippers, and imported ceramics (plates, bowls, mugs) much to the alarm of parents.
For more information, please contact the Burlington County Health Department at (609) 265–5548.