If you have ever done a search for “Lead Poisoning” online, you may have been as frustrated as I was when I first started searching. The word lead [noun – the toxic metal, pronounced “led”] of course is also lead [verb – “to go before, show the way; conduct or escort”, etc., pronounced “leed”], so it is very impractical to use as a search term (even in conjunction with the word “poisoned”—with or without a hyphen separating the two—you end up with links about “leaders in business poisoning the data pool” and other random results not one tiny bit related to “lead poisoning”: “a toxic condition produced by ingestion, inhalation, or skin absorption of lead or lead compounds…”!)
It is for this reason – early on – we adopted using “#LeadPoisoning” as often as possible and whenever appropriate when writing online about this issue (Twitter, Facebook, Blog-Posts, etc.) As this hashtag catches on, parents looking for resources will have a lot easier time finding them.
So – thank you for incorporating “#LeadPoisoning” into any online writing you may be doing about the subject!
Lead Safe America Foundation