October 25-31, 2020
National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week
Get Your Child Tested
New York State Law requires all kids be tested for lead at age 1 and again at age 2 by their doctor or health care provider. If your child needs a lead test and you don’t have a doctor that you see regularly, there are clinics in Utica where they do lead testing on site.
You can call to schedule an appointment at the following:
MVHS Sister Rose Vincent Family Medicine Center , 120 Hobart St, Utica, NY 13501. Phone: 315-798-1149
Upstate Family Health Center, 1001 Noyes St, Utica, NY 13502.
Get Your HOME Tested
LEAD PAINT: Lead is most often found on old windows, doors, floors, painted siding and porches and in bare soil. Normal wear and tear and damage can cause old lead paint to break down into lead dust that settles onto window sills and floors; the places where children play and put their toys. You can't see dust from lead paint, but just a tiny bit in your home can be harmful to children.
Lead Safe Utica grant program through the HomeOwnershipCenter will identify the lead paint hazards found in your home and work with local lead abatement certified contractors to remove them for free! If you live in a home located in Utica and built before 1978 you could be eligible for grant funding to treat these lead paint hazards. The Lead Safe Utica program available for rental properties and owner occupied homes.
In Utica - contact UNHS HomeOwnershipCenter, 1611 Genesee St, Utica, NY 13501.
Phone: 315-724-4197 or visit www.LeadSafeUtica.com
Get Your WATER Tested
LEAD IN WATER: Lead can also be found in your home's water. Sometimes lead is present in the pipes and fixtures in older homes which can leach into your drinking water. This can have negative health impacts on pregnant women and children.
Mohawk Valley Water Authority is working to identify lead service lines in pre-1940 housing to protect the health of residents. There are about 2,500 lead and partial lead water lines in the Mohawk Valley service area that should be replaced. The water authority is encouraging residents living in older homes get their water tested for free at the Water Quality Department.
MVWA customers - contact the Water Authority, 1 Kennedy Plaza, Utica, NY 13502.
Phone: 315-792-0338 or https://www.mvwa.us/waterquality/leadawareness.aspx
If you live in the Mohawk Valley, Rome or the surrounding areas, you can still have your home tested, but there is a cost for this service. For lead paint, contact Lead Safe, LLC at 315-471-3210 or visit www.leadtesting.net. For water call 315-792-0338 or visit to learn about laboratory testing.
Get THE FACTS
LEAD POISONING: The National Lead Information Center offers resources about lead, lead hazards, and preventing lead exposure. Many lead information documents are available in multiple languages online at
Legal Services of Central New York, 120 Bleecker Street, 2nd Floor, Utica, NY 13501.
Phone: 315-793-7048 or visit www.facebook.com/taketheleadinutica
Central/Eastern New York Lead Poisoning Resource Center at University Hospital, 750 East Adams Street, Syracuse, NY 13210 Phone: 315-464-7584
LEAD & COVID 19: Keep your home safe from Lead and Health Hazards during COVID-19. Be aware of increased health risks from spending a significant amount of time in older housing, with relatives, or at a childcare provider.
Lead Poisoning Awareness video on Utica City Limits - WATCH HERE