Lead poisoning has dangerous, irreversible effects on our health and our community. Even though children in every district of Pittsburgh have been identified with elevated blood lead levels, Pittsburgh City Council is slow to act to protect our children.
Right now, kids are spending more time in their homes – most of which were built before 1978 and contain lead-based paint – so the pandemic is worsening a problem that’s impact we won’t know for years.
These 849 children join the thousands of kids who have been poisoned by lead in the years prior, or haven’t yet been identified, and are still facing the cognitive and behavioral problems that last a lifetime. It’s especially devastating because lead poisoning is completely preventable.
For Pittsburgh City Council, the Get the Lead Out, Pittsburgh campaign drafted a comprehensive Pittsburgh Lead Safety Law designed to address the causes of lead exposure and eliminate lead poisoning in our City by identifying and preventing lead hazards:
Hundreds of Pittsburghers have shown their support for a Pittsburgh lead safety law. Yet, Pittsburgh has done less than Cleveland, Baltimore, or Buffalo to protect our children. Meanwhile, dozens more of our kids are poisoned by lead.
Get the Lead Out, Pittsburgh campaign began meeting with each Pittsburgh City Council member to discuss the need for a lead safety law.
At the request of City Council members, the campaign drafted a proposed ordinance, in consultation with stakeholders and experts.
With the draft ordinance in hand, Pittsburgh City Council issued a proclamation committing to enact legislation to protect citizens from the horrors of lead poisoning.
As our kids continue to be poisoned by lead, we wait for Council to act.
3. Contact your Pittsburgh City Council representative and urge them to enact a Pittsburgh lead safety law before more children are harmed just by virtue of living in our city. Find a sample letter here.