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Erie County Launches Campaign to Eradicate Home Lead Threats [WBFO-FM]

Oct 20, 2014 | Posted in News

WBFO-FM - October 20, 2014:

In an effort to reduce lead hazards in area homes, Erie County announced the “Wipe Out Lead” billboard and texting campaign Monday. The county received federal funds to help eradicate lead poisoning across the region.

The $3 million federal Lead Remediation Grant will help fund the campaign, and identify and mitigate lead threats in 180 local homes. The funds are in addition to another $400,000 federal grant to inspect 100 more homes in Erie County.

Erie County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein says lead poisoning can cause irreversible damage to the health of children.

“It can result in irreversible cognitive, developmental delays. It can also cause serious behavioral problems that really are a challenge for children to be able to learn and thrive in our community,” said Burstein.

The older housing stock in the city of Buffalo contains some of the highest levels of lead contamination in the county. Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz says lead poisoning is a quiet destroyer of health. He says it must be eliminated whenever possible.

“We want to encourage our homeowners that if we’re living in a home that is greater than 1978 to be aware that your house may have lead paint on the walls. Especially homes that were built in the 1930s, 40s, 50s and before those are the homes that are at the most risk, because most of the paints that were used at that time had a lead base to it. We don’t want any homeowner to be in a situation where they’re putting their family at risk,” said Poloncarz.

For more information on how to have your home inspected for lead threats visit or text LEAD to 877-877. October is also Lead Poisoning Prevention Awareness Month.

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