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Legislation #: 050175 Introduction Date: 2/17/2005
Type: Special Action Effective Date: none
Sponsor: COUNCILMEMBER HERMANN
Title: Declaring the week of February 14-20, 2005, as Lead Poisoning Prevention Week.

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2/15/2005 Filed by the Clerk's office
2/17/2005 Adopted

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RESOLUTION NO. 050175

 

Declaring the week of February 14-20, 2005, as Lead Poisoning Prevention Week.

 

WHEREAS, in Kansas City, Missouri, approximately 80% of housing was built prior to 1978, and is therefore high risk for lead exposure hazards to occupants, because such housing often contains lead paint; and

 

WHEREAS, in 2004, in Kansas City, Missouri, 167 children were identified as being lead poisoned and in 2003, in Kansas City, Missouri, 203 children were identified as being lead poisoned; and

 

WHEREAS, blood lead levels once considered safe are now considered hazardous. There is no known safe level of lead in the blood, as even trace findings may be hazardous; and

 

WHEREAS, in addition to kidney damage and heart damage, lead is a known cause of irreversible brain damage, often resulting in learning disabilities, and IQ deficits; and

WHEREAS, lead poisoning is a completely preventable disease; NOW, THEREFORE,

 

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF KANSAS CITY:

 

That the Mayor and Council hereby declare the week of February 14-20, 2005, as Lead Poisoning Prevention Week; and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this Resolution be spread upon the Minutes of the Council in testimony thereof and that a copy hereof be presented to The K.C. Missouri Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program with the Mayor and Council encouraging all parents, health care providers and persons caring for children to assess the risk of lead to the children in their care and also requesting all homeowners and property owners assess their properties being used as residences for the risks associated with this preventable disease.

 

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