Coalition To Prevent Lead Poisoning

COALITION TO PREVENT LEAD POISONING ANNUAL MEETING JUNE 20, 2017, 1-2:30PM

LEAD HAZARDS IN THE HOME

Lead poisoning can happen anywhere. But most of the time it happens where children should be safest—your home. Lead can be found in paint, soil, water, hobby supplies, and more. It’s important to know what can put your child at risk so you can start taking steps to keep them safe.

PAINT IN HOMES BUILT BEFORE 1978

Leaded paint is a hazard long before it actually chips or flakes. Microscopic dust is the biggest cause of lead paint poisoning in children.

RENOVATION PROJECTS

Home repairs that create even a small amount of lead dust can put your family at risk. Get your home tested before starting any renovation projects and only hire EPA Renovation, Repair & Painting (RRP) certified contractors.

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WATER

Lead can leach into the water supply when water sits in leaded pipes for several hours. If you are concerned that your home might have lead pipes or pipes with lead solder, run your tap on cold for 1–2 minutes to flush your system before cooking or drinking.

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SOIL

Flaking or deteriorating lead-based paint can contaminate soil in your yard and be tracked into your house. Take off your shoes inside and don’t let children play in bare soil next to your house, and don't plant food in soil near your home unless it's been tested for lead.

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WHAT YOU CAN DO

Want to protect your child’s future? Start by taking steps to get rid of lead hazards in your home.

BE INFORMED

If you live in pre-1978 housing, know the potential risk factors for lead poisoning and get your child tested immediately if you believe they’ve been exposed.

REQUEST A FREE HOME INSPECTION

If you rent or own a home in the City of Rochester, call 585-428-6520 to request a free lead inspection. Renters, it’s your landlord’s responsibility to make sure your home is lead safe.

HIRE CERTIFIED PROFESSIONALS

Make sure anyone you hire to do repair work on a pre-1978 structure is certified by the EPA in Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP). It is required by law that they have a certification.

USE LEAD-SAFE CLEANING

Wet-mop with detergent and water at least three times a week. Take your shoes off when inside. Use a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA Filter. And wash your child’s toys daily.

RENTERS

Before you sign a lease on a home built before 1978, your landlord is required to warn you about lead. If you live in the City of Rochester, you can request a free inspection at 585-428-6520.

HOMEOWNERS

Sellers must disclose known information on lead-based paint or lead-based paint hazards before selling a house. But it’s still a good idea to get your home tested by a professional.

RESOURCES
City of Rochester Lead Ordinance

Requires that all pre-1978 rental homes be assessed for lead hazards. FREE lead inspections are available by request for anyone residing in the City of Rochester. Property owners are required by federal law to address lead hazards using EPA Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) lead-safe certified firms.

(585) 428-6520

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Monroe County Department of Public Health Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program

Provides medical case management and educational outreach, conducts environmental investigations, responds to complaints of improper/unsafe lead hazard control activities, and issues Cease and Desist Orders to stop unsafe practices.

(585) 753-5087

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NeighborWorks® Rochester

Offers a loan program that provides resources to make repairs to owner-occupied houses, including lead paint remediation. Available to homeowners in Monroe County.

(585) 325-4170

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Monroe County Department of Public Health Lead Hazard Control Grant

Provides financial assistance up to $11,000 to eligible City of Rochester homeowners to address lead hazards as well as “Healthy Home” interventions.

(585) 753-5087

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The Housing Council at Pathstone

Provides lead information, landlord education, foreclosure prevention, pre-purchase counseling and fair housing education in the City of Rochester.

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City of Rochester 2016 Lead Hazard Control Program

Provides financial assistance for property owners to address lead hazards up to $32,000 (depending upon the number of units in the structure) in the City of Rochester.

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