Lead-Free MV partners continue mission

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UTICA — The Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties and the Lead-Free Mohawk Valley Coalition partners are marking the fifth year of a community-wide commitment to reduce high rates of childhood lead poisoning in Oneida and Herkimer counties. 

In April 2016, the Community Foundation launched the initiative and to date, $6 million in funding has been committed.

Over the last five years, Lead-Free Mohawk Valley has worked to raise awareness in the community about lead poisoning and its effects as well as encourage testing in children under the age of 6, reads a release. Now, through partnerships with local organizations and municipal governments, testing rates are on the rise and families that qualify are taking advantage of free lead safe repairs to their homes.

Tips to reduce exposure

If there were any renovations or construction done to your home during the COVID pandemic or your child did not get their annual well-care visit, ask your medical provider to test the blood lead levels for children age 6 and under. If you don’t have a regular medical
provider, contact the Sister Rose Vincent Family Medicine Center, 120 Hobart St. in Utica at 315-798-1149 to enroll with a provider to schedule a test.

Wet clean windowsills and mop floors that may be covered in lead dust. Keep toddlers and young children away from chipping or peeling paint. Don’t let children touch or play near windows.

If you live in the City of Utica, have young children that spend significant time in your home, and the house was built before 1978; you may qualify for the Lead Safe Utica program to make lead hazard repairs at no cost to you. For more information call 315-724-4197 or visit www.leadsafeutica.com.

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