Lead Poisoning Prevention

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Tips & Facts

  • Lead poisoning can cause learning and behavior problems, as well as delayed growth and development in children.

  • Children with lead poisoning do not usually look or feel sick. A blood lead test is the only way to find out if your child has lead poisoning.

  • New York State law requires that all children have a blood lead test at age 1 and age 2. Older children should also be tested if they have not been tested before or if you think they might have been exposed to lead.

  • Dust from peeling lead paint is the leading cause of lead poisoning in children. Keep children away from peeling or damaged paint and home repairs.

  • Report peeling paint to your landlord. Building owners are required by law to fix peeling paint at no charge if a young child lives there. If the problem isn’t fixed, contact 311.

  • Objects from other countries, including candy, clay pots, dishes, and children’s toys, can contain lead. Check labels to make sure you are not exposing your children to lead.