JAMESTOWN, NY (WNY News Now) – The greater Jamestown area has been flagged among top communities in New York State as having the highest number of lead poisoned children.
The startling statistic, which ranks the 14701-zip code as the seventh lead paint hot spot, was released by the Healthy at Home CHQ Coalition as part of a public awareness campaign during National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week.
The coalition, along with other partners, are working to empower families to take action to prevent lead poisoning by testing for the toxin.
Because of our area’s stock of old homes, lead dust leftover by old paint is a threat specifically to young children who are learning to crawl and walk are at an age that they put toys and hands in their mouths, increasing likelihood of exposure.
“Give us a call at the health department, we can come in, we can do an inspection of your home, we can offer you training and some supplies to help remediate those lead hazards,” said Childhood Lead and Healthy Homes Coordinator Anna Powell who previously spoke to WNY News Now as part of a feature raising awareness on the subject.
To learn more about lead paint testing, you can call the Childhood Lead and Healthy Homes Office at (716) 753-4489.