Lead-Safe Home Gardening

Have a lead safe home gardening experience.

Have a lead safe home gardening experience.

We’re deep into spring now and it’s the perfect time to start or refresh that backyard garden. Home gardening is experiencing a revival across the United States. People are seeing value and positive impacts of growing and eating their own food. Public health professionals and school educators are even encouraging urban gardening as a strategy to stay healthy.

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Lead Poisoning Prevention Week

San Mateo County Lead Team with Board of Supervisors proclamation.

San Mateo County Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program with Board of Supervisors proclamation.

Last week, the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors proclaimed this week (October 25-31) National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week. The theme for this year is “Lead Free Kids for a Healthy Future.”

In the last 30 years, lead exposure in children has decreased, but continues to be the most common environmental disease in California children and the most preventable pediatric health problem. Even low lead exposure amounts can cause serious long term harm, including shortened attention span, aggressive behavior, learning disabilities, and other developmental problems for children.

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