Lead is a naturally occurring toxic metal. Lead was used to make pipes, gasoline, and paint before its harmful effects were known. Many homes built during that time have lead pipes that can expose residents to harmful amounts of lead. Young children are most at risk, and may suffer permanent brain damage.
The signs of lead exposure in children include changes in behavior, reduced attention span, and learning difficulties. In adults, lead exposure can lead to anemia, hypertension (high blood pressure), problems with kidney function, and problems with the immune and reproductive systems.
More lead exposure resources are available below:
There are a number of resources available to homeowners with elevated risk of exposure to lead:
Lead Free Buffalo has created a tool to help you determine if you are at risk for lead exposure from lead pipes in your home.
We have created several maps of Buffalo to describe and better understand the risk around the city and determine priority areas for sampling.
What effect will lead exposure have on my health? What effect can it have on my children's health? What can I do if I believe I am at risk?