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In 2015, 206 children were reported with blood lead levels above 10 ug/dL in Monroe County. Lead poisoning damages children’s brains and bones for the rest of their lives. We can all make a difference. We can make lead history. Throughout this site you’ll find specific things you can do to protect our entire community. See how easy it is to have your house or apartment inspected for lead, get your child tested for exposure to lead, or make your own home safer.



  • FREE LEAD TEST: Live in a house built before 1978 and have children? Get the house tested and get your children tested. The majority of children get poisoned by dust from windows, doors, porches, etc painted before 1978. City of Rochester residents can call (585) 428-6520 to schedule a FREE lead test.
  • The City of Rochester Lead Hazard Control Program provides up to $14,000 in a grant to address Lead Hazard Control in owner-occupied or rental properties located in the City of Rochester. Both landlords and owner-occupants are eligible. For more information call ABC at (585) 325-5116 or PathStone at (585) 442-2030.
  • The Monroe County Dept of Public Health offers funding for lead remediation through a HUD Lead Hazard Control & Healthy Home Grant Program. Reimbursement Homeowner Grants of up to $11,000/unit will be made available to low and very low income residents. Priority will be given to homes that house children under the age of six. Each unit will be evaluated for moisture/mold, need for pests and refuse management, indoor air, falls, and housing safety issues. All lead hazard control work will be conducted by EPA Certified Lead Abatement and Renovation Firms. Call (585) 753-5087 for more information.
  • Last Week Tonight with John Oliver did a great piece on LEAD POISONING in mid-April. Please note that this is a comedy show on HBO and there is adult language in this video. Click here to watch the segment on YouTube.

  • As of April 2010, federal law requires that anyone receiving compensation (this includes rent) for performing renovation, repair and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities, and schools built before 1978 must be certified in the new EPA Renovation, Repair & Painting Rule (RRP) and follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination.