Strict legislation forces Bronx homeowners, landlords to test for lead

Strict legislation is forcing Bronx and city homeowners, landlords and day care centers to continually test surfaces for lead.

Health officials say every year 4,000 children citywide are diagnosed with lead poisoning. Now, the city is working to help clean up the lead paint problems. The city is requiring that all homes, day care centers and schools with children under the age of 7 tests for lead. In addition, the city says all chipping or peeling paint, windowsills, molding and doors should be repaired in a timely manner.

At a demonstration Monday, the health department warned that anyone not abiding by the correct methods of testing for lead and repairing problems will be fined. A representative from the Department of Housing Preservation and Development says inspectors from the department have been out testing for lead in various locations. He added that thousands of violations have been issued.

Tenants living in a building with chipping paint should call their landlord immediately. Officials say if the landlords do not respond, residents should call the citys 311 hotline.

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