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Lead Poisoning Prevention

Lead is a metal that can cause negative health effects.  Lead can harm a child's growth, behavior and ability to learn. It can also cause anemia, kidney damage and hearing loss.  Studies show that no amount of lead exposure is safe for children.  Lead can be found in dust (usually from old lead paint), water, soil, from certain jobs or hobbies, or other sources.   In NYS, health care providers must assess children 6 months to 6 years of age for risk of lead exposure and to determine if your child needs a lead test.  In addition, health care providers must test all children at age 1 and again at age 2 for lead poisoning.  Lead can also harm pregnant women and their developing baby.  If you are pregnant, talk to your provider about lead testing.  We offer lead screening at our office.  Call 315-786-3730 to make an appointment. 


Lead poisoning is preventable 

  • keep children away from peeling paint and/or broken plaster, and remodeling/renovation sites
  • wash children's hands often to rinse off any lead dust or dirt
  • wash child's toys often - especially teething toys
  • let cold water tap run for at least one minute before using
  • don't bring lead home from work - wash work clothes separately, take a shower after getting home
  • avoid having children play in soil around foundations of older buildings. Use a sandbox instead
  • use wet cleaning to pick up lead dust in the home
  • feed family foods that are high in iron, calcium and vitamin C

Lead Housing Assessment Referral: This program will provide education, resources and a housing assessment to identify lead paint dangers in homes owned and rented in the City of Watertown.  

      Eligibility:

      1. Home is in the City of Watertown, NY.

      2. Home is occupied at least 8 hours a day by a pregnant woman and/or children age 6 years or younger.

      3. Occupant consents to a home visit and housing assessment. 


Resources for Families

Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Recall List (includes products containing lead)

Cornell Cooperative Extension Nutrition Programming

NYSDOH Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention website

CDC Developmental Milestones


Resources for Property Owners

For Home Owners & Landlords

EPA Guide: Steps to LEAD SAFE Renovation, Repair and Painting

Find a Certified Renovation and Lead Dust Wipe Sampling Technician

EPA: Renovate Lead Safe Fact Sheet


Educational Videos