Public Health Department
80 State Highway 310, Suite #2
Canton, New York 13617-1476

Public Health Director
Dana Olzenak McGuire, PT, PhD

Ph: (315) 386-2325
Fx: (315) 386-2203

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
9:00am - 5:00pm


St. Lawrence County Public Health Department

Lead Poisoning Prevention Program




Free Lead Testing Pilot Program

What is Lead Poisoning?

Lead poisoning is caused by swallowing or breathing in lead.

Lead is a metal that can harm children and adults when it gets into their bodies. There are many sources of lead. Lead can be found in dust, air, water, soil, and in some products used in and around our homes.

Lead can harm a young child's growth, behavior, and ability to learn. Children under six years old are more likely to get lead poisoning than any other age group. Most often, children get lead poisoning from breathing in or swallowing dust from old lead paint that gets on floors and windowsills, hands and toys. Lead can also be passed from mother to baby during pregnancy.


Program Goal
To increase awareness of the risk of lead poisoning to children.

St. Lawrence County Children birth to 18 years of age.

Provides screening and follow-up for children birth to 18 years of age for early detection and treatment of lead poisoning and educational information regarding risk factors.

Risk Factors Include:

  • Lives in or regularly visits a house built before 1960 with recent, ongoing or planned renovation, remodeling, peeling or chipping paint.
  • Children with a brother or sister, housemate, or playmate being treated for lead poisoning.
  • Frequent contact with an adult whose job or hobby involves exposure to lead.
  • Live near an active lead smelter, battery recycling plant, or other industry likely to release lead.



For information on Lead Poisoning


Contact the Lead Poisoning Prevention Program at (315) 386-2325.

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