Lead Poisoning Prevention

lead dust

Lead is a poison often found in old paint. Peeling lead paint (and the dust it turns into) is the most common cause of lead poisoning in New York City. Lead is particularly harmful to children. It can cause learning and behavior problems, as well as delay physical growth and mental development.


To protect your child from lead poisoning:

  1. Ask your landlord to fix peeling paint. If your landlord doesn’t fix it, call 311 or report it online.
  2. Wash floors, windowsills, hands and toys often.
  3. Test your child’s blood for lead at ages 1 and 2.

Lead also can be found in some products imported from other countries, including foods and spices, medicines and herbal remedies, clay pots and dishes, cosmetics, jewelry and metal or painted toys. Some jobs and hobbies can also expose adults and their families to lead.

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