Broome County Health Department Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention

225 Front StreetBinghamton, NY 13905
Phone: 607-778-2847Email: BCHealth@broomecoutyny.govWebsite: Visit Website Google Map

Broome County Health Department Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program helps families affected by lead poisoning. When a child in Broome County has a high lead test, we will contact the family, offer care coordination, make referrals, and perform an in-home lead inspection to identify the source of the lead. Our certified lead risk assessors will work with the homeowner to fix the lead safely, including a free EPA Lead Renovator Certification Class. We also have funding available to fix lead hazards in eligible properties. Lead inspections are FREE for all children with high lead levels, children under the age of 6, and pregnant people living in Broome County.

Lead is a poisonous metal that can cause developmental delays, stunted growth, speech and hearing problems, hyperactivity, mood swings, seizures, coma, and even death. The most common source of lead in Broome County is old house paint. Lead paint was banned in 1978 so any home built before then likely contains some lead. As lead paint ages and breaks down, small specks will fall on floors, windowsills, tables, and other surfaces. When children put their hands and toys in their mouths, they eat this lead dust. Even a tiny amount is enough to hurt a baby or toddler. All children should be tested for lead poisoning at age 1 and age 2 by their doctor!

A little lead can be a big problem! Broome County residents with questions or concerns about lead poisoning should call 607-778-2847!