Lead Screening

Lead poisoning can hurt your child

Free water available at our Healthcare Central store - 48A Jones St., Suite C-101, Newark, NJ 07103. Visit us Monday through Friday, 10 am to 6 pm. Water is available first come first serve.

Lead poisoning is a serious health problem

WHY ARE PREGNANT WOMEN AND CHILDREN AT RISK? Pregnant women can pass lead to an unborn baby. Lead accumulates in the body, and over time it gets stored in the bones and can be released to the bones of the fetus. Lead can also cross the placental barrier exposing the fetus to lead. Young children and infants are especially at risk for lead poisoning because the physical and behavioral effects of lead occur at lower exposure levels in children than in adults. A dose of lead that would have little effect on an adult can have a significant effect on a child. In children, exposure to lead in drinking may cause behavior and learning problems, slowed growth, and impaired formation and function of blood cells.

WHERE DO I GET A BLOOD TEST FOR LEAD EXPOSURE?

Contact your doctor or local health care provider about a blood test for lead exposure or contact the Newark Department of Health & Community Wellness at 1-800-734-7083 for more information on how to get tested.

GET YOUR WATER TESTED

Residents can contact  the City of Newark Department of Water & Sewer Utilities at (973) 733-6303 or by email at waterandsewer@ci.newark.nj.us to find out how to get their water tested for lead and their service line inspected for free.

Residents of the Pequannock service area with lead services lines can pick up bottled water, water filters and replacement cartridges at the locations and times listed below. Unsure if your eligible? Visit the City of Newark website to check your address. Contact the Water & Sewer Department at 973-733-6303 or 973-733-6370 or waterandsewer@ci.newark.nj.us for more information.

Pick-Up Locations for Bottled Water:

Open 8:30 AM - 4 PM:

Open 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM:

Pick-Up Locations for Water Filters:

Tuesday-Friday 11am to 8pm, Saturday 11am to 6pm:

Boylan Recreation Center – 916 South Orange Avenue

Vince Lombardi Center of Hope – 201 Bloomfield Avenue

Hayes Park West Recreation – 179 Boyd Street

John F. Kennedy Recreation Center – 211 West Kinney Street

St. Peter’s Recreation Center – 378 Lyons Avenue

Monday-Sunday 8am to 8pm:

Water & Sewer Facility – 239 Central Avenue

Monday-Friday 8am to 4:30pm:

Department of Health and Community Wellness – 110 Williams St.

WHAT TO BRING

If you are visiting one of our seven locations across the city to obtain a filter or cartridges, please bring the following with you: 

  • Identification – a driver’s license or government-issued ID
  • Tenants/renters must provide Proof of Residency – a lease agreement, utility bill, cable bill, etc.

 

If possible, bring photos of your kitchen sink faucet so we can determine the type of filter to provide you.

Lead poisoning can happen when your body absorbs too much lead by breathing it in or by swallowing something with lead in it, such as paint or food.

How can lead poisoning hurt my child?

Lead poisoning can cause the following:

  • Slow learning and development.
  • Damage to the brain, kidney and liver.
  • Hearing loss.
  • Trouble paying attention or sitting still.
  • Anger issues and trouble getting along with others.
  • Headaches and stomach aches.
  • Lower birth weight.
  • Even death.

How can I help stop my child from getting lead poisoning?

  • Don’t buy toy metal jewelry for your child because lead can be found in painted toys and toy jewelry.
  • Remove recalled toys from children. Stay up-to-date on recalls by visiting Consumer Product Safety Commission’s website at www.cpsc.gov.
  • Regularly clean floors and other surfaces with a mop, sponge or vacuum. Use warm water and an all-purpose cleaner.
  • Teach your children to wash their hands with soap and water before eating and after playing.
  • Make sure children eat a small healthy meal four to six times a day. Serve foods that have calcium, iron and vitamin C.
  • Use cold water for drinking, making baby formula, and cooking.
  • Shower and change your clothes before coming home if you work in a place that can produce lead dust or dirt.
  • Keep your work clothes separate from your family’s clothes.
  • Wash your child’s toys often.
  • Take off shoes when entering the house.
  • Lead is sometimes in candies and candy wrappers imported from other countries or traditional medicines. Avoid eating candies imported from other countries.
  • Talk to the landlord or local health department about getting the building tested for lead-based paint if you live in or regularly visit a building built before 1978.
  • Renovate safely. Learn how to safely remove paint that is made with lead. Visit www.epa.gov/lead for more information.
  • Check the Center for Disease Control’s website for toys that may be unsafe because of lead recalls: cdc.gov/nceh/lead/tips/sources.htm.

 

Questions?

Call Aetna Better Health of New Jersey Member Services at 1-855-232-3596 (TTY: 711), 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

More information is available at the State of New Jersey’s Department of Health website: http://www.state.nj.us/health/childhoodlead/