A coalition of foundations, government, associations, concerned citizens and faith-based organizations has come together to help end lead poisoning in children in Western New York.
Homes built before 1978 contain lead paint and when children breathe or ingest lead dust they can become poisoned and get very sick.
Thousands of children in Erie County have already fallen victim to lead poisoning and Western New York is a hotbed of lead paint hazards: one-third of all lead poisoning cases reported in 2006 in New York State outside of New York City were from six zip codes in Buffalo: 14207, 14208, 14211, 14212, 14213 and 14215--making our region one of the most dangerous for young children.
While lead is potentially harmful to individuals at any age, it is especially dangerous to children under the age of six. Lead poisoning causes permanent neurological damage including loss of I.Q., developmental delays, learning disabilities, memory loss, hearing loss, attention deficits, hyperactivity and behavioral disorders. In extreme cases lead exposure can result in organ failure and death.
The good news is that lead poisoning is 100% preventable and there are things you can do to help protect your family and our community: have your child and home tested for lead, feed your children a healthy diet, learn about how to do home repairs and remodeling safely, avoid your family's exposure to lead, and volunteer your time and resources to help us help those most at risk.
By working together we can Wipe Out Lead.
For more information call 716-712-5500.
430 kids from a Christian Mission Workcamp painted and repaired 61 homes in the City of Buffalo in June 2010! Click here for more information.
Take a look at how the campaign is making a difference, one home at a time through our before & after photos.
Watch for our campaign TV and radio ads and click here for a preview!
A new one-stop phone line has been set up to help connect people who think they may have a problem with lead paint in their homes.
Call 716-712-5500 to get your children tested, learn about lead-safe work practices and to get more information. It's free and easy!