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The Web Hunterdon

George F. Wagner, Chief of Staff/Director of Public Safety
Karen B. DeMarco, Department Head/County Health Officer


314 State Route 12
County Complex, Building #1
Flemington, NJ 08822-2900

Hunterdon County Department of Health

Environmental Health Services




Prevent childhood lead poisoning by providing
education and information on lead poisoning
prevention methods to caregivers and medical

National Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevetion Week 2018

OCTOBER 21 - OCTOBER 27, 2018

The Hunterdon County Department of encourages parents to have their child tested for lead and to renovate their homes safely to prevent childhood lead poisonings, as part of the lead poisoning education program planned for October 21-27th, National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week.

Nearly half a million children living in the United States have elevated blood lead levels causing significant damage to their health, estimates the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). There is no safe blood lead level in children, and exposure can affect nearly every system in the body. Children with lead poisoning often do not have obvious symptoms, and it frequently goes unrecognized. Major sources of lead exposure to U.S. children include lead-based paint in homes built before 1978, however there are many additional sources including pottery, consumer products, contaminated drinking water, take-home exposures from a workplace, and soil.




Lead Poisoning Prevetion Efforts

Lead is a toxic metal that was used for many years in paint and other household products. Houses built before 1950 are at higher risk of being a lead hazard because the use of lead-based paint in housing was fairly common.  Lead poisoning is a concern in Hunterdon County because of the large number of older homes. Click here to view a map that shows municipalities with housing units built before 1950 in Hunterdon County.

LEAD IT'S NOT JUST IN PAINT: Lead can be found in many items in your household such as cosmetics, health remedies, pottery, candy, jewelry and toys. Find out more..
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Services Provided:

  • Medical and environmental case management
  • Provide education and resource referral to residents
  • Enforcement of state led regulations

Young Children have a higher risk for lead poisoning because:

  • their bodies absorb lead more easily than an adult;
  • they put their hands and other objects into their mouths; and
  • children’s brains and nervous system are more sensitive to damaging effects of lead.

In Children, lead can cause:

  • Nervous system and Kidney damage
  • Learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder, and decreased intelligence
  • Speech, language, and behavior problems
  • Poor muscle coordination
  • Decreased muscle and bone growth
  • Hearing damage
  • Seizures, unconsciousness

Sources of Lead:Lead Paint

  • Lead-based paint (windows, doors, stairs, railings, porches, some toys)
  • Water: lead water pipes, lead solder
  • Soil: lead-based insecticides
  • Food: grown of lead pollution soil, packaged in cans with lead seams, stored in leaded crystal or poorly glazed pottery
  • Other sources:
    • drapery and window weights,
    • antique pewter,
    • battery casings,
    • some herbal medicines and cosmetics
    • some porcelain and pottery
    • some imported candies
    • dust or fumes form hobbies such as staining glass and target shooting
    • fishing weights 
    • Lead soldiers and other collectible figurines

What you can do to protect your family

  • Get your young children screened for lead
  • If you rent, notify your landlord of peeling or chipping paint
  • Clean up paint chips immediately
  • Use only cold water for drinking and cooking
  • Run water for 15-30 seconds before drinking it
  • Wet mop to clean floors, window frames, window sills and other surfaces regularly
  • Wash children’s hands and toys often
  • Keep a safe play area that does not contain any of lead hazards
  • Keep children from chewing window sills or other painted surfaces
  • Clean or remove shoes before entering your home to avoid tracking in lead from soil
  • Make sure children eat nutritious, low-fat meals high in iron and calcium

New Jersey State law requires

  • All children have their blood tested for lead at age 1 year and again at age 2 years.
  • Children between the ages of 3-6, who have never been tested, should be tested.
  • High-risk children need to be tested more frequently.

If your child is under 6 years of age and has not been tested contact your physician.

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Additional Resources:

Toxic Treats - Lead Poisoning in Candy and other Foods.

.Health officials have detected dangerous levels of lead in 112 distinct brands of candy – most of them made in Mexico. One in four candy and wrapper samples have come up high since 1993, records show. But much of this information about tainted candy has been kept from parents and public health workers. Download an Informational Poster from the Orange County Register in PDF format - ENGLISH POSTER or SPANISH POSTER





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