Lead Poisoning

The Madison Health Department in cooperation with the Connecticut Department of Health monitors and performs follow up review of active local cases of lead poisoning in children including treatment and hazard abatement.

Lead Paint
All residents who have children under six years old are encouraged to ensure that their homes are safe from lead hazards. The primary danger to children is lead paint that has deteriorated and is chipping or flaking. Lead paint has a slightly sweet taste and enhances small children's propensity to put almost anything in their mouths. Lead additives in paint were banned in 1978, so those who live in houses built before then are encouraged to test for the presence of lead. Special attention should be paid to windowsills and other areas that are within easy reach of toddlers.

If you suspect or know you have a lead paint hazard in your home you should not attempt to remove it yourself without taking proper precautions. The dust and paint flakes you create can make the situation much worse. Local paint stores have brochures detailing how to safely remove lead paint. The brochures are also available at the Madison Town Campus and Scranton Library.

Water Contamination
Water can carry lead from old pipes and lead soldered joints and fixtures. While not common, residents living in older homes should have their water tested for lead contamination.

More Information
Lead evaluation and hazard abatement services in Connecticut are provided by state-licensed contractors and residents are urged to contact licensed services when evaluating the safety of their homes. Current listings of licensed contractors are available on the State of Connecticut website.