Information for Parents
Lead is found in the paint of many older homes in Schenectady County, especially in homes built before 1978. If you are living in an older home and have children under age 6, there is greater chance that your children are being poisoned by lead. Also, if you are pregnant and are exposed to lead, your baby can develop health problems.
Children are only safe from lead if they are not exposed to it. Lead can cause health problems in young children with developing brains. It is important to have your home tested.
In Schenectady County, FREE lead inspections are offered for homes with a pregnant woman or children under the age of 6 in the 12303, 12304, 12307 or 12308 zip codes. Call us to come and check your home to see if there are places in your home that might expose lead to your children.
Symptoms of lead poisoning:
Your child may have been exposed to lead poisoning if they show any of the following:
- Clumsiness, stumbling, staggering
- Poor Appetite
- Abdominal Pain
What can I do if I think my child was exposed to lead?
- Take your child to a doctor or call Schenectady County Public Health Services to inquire about a “Blood lead level test.”
- If your child has been to a Doctor for a regular checkup, he or she may have already been checked for lead. Call your Doctor’s office and ask!
Quick tips to prevent Lead poisoning:
Get your home tested for lead! If you find out you have a lead hazard have it properly cleaned-up. While waiting for testing, make sure to:
- Frequently wash your hands
- Provide close supervision of children
- Damp mop and wipe floors and window areas at least weekly
- Store foods in plastic or glass containers
- Keep children away from damaged and peeling painted surfaces
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