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LEAD TESTING FOR CHILDREN IN PITTSBURGH FOR FREE

The Environmental protection agency offers a up-to-date list of all locations and their contact information that provide free lead testing for children in Pittsburgh.
Free Lead Testing Website

PITTSBURGH FIRE DEPARTMENT

Provides educational fire safety demonstrations to the community and to schools. The fire department will perform fire safety inspections for any renter or owner for no fee. Additionally, if you have physically impaired persons living in your residence you can notify the fire department so that information is available to emergency responders.
– CONTACT INFO:
Home inspection: (412) 255-2866
Fire Safety Inspections: (412) 255-2863
Notice of Physically Impaired Residents: (412) 255-2860
Fire Department Website

PITTSBURGH POISON CONTROL CENTER

Provides poison prevention education through the Mr. Yuk program as well as poison information to the general public and medical professionals. At this website you can find nearby poison control centers, tips and materials for poison prevention, as well as Mr. Yuk products including free sheets of stickers.
– CONTACT INFO: (800) 222-1222
Poison Prevention Website

CARBON MONOXIDE — HOME SAFE HOME PROJECT

The Home Safe Home Program (from the Healthy Home Resources) works with families to help identify and prevent possible injuries to children in the home. For families with children under the age of six years old, Healthy Home Resources provides a Family Services Specialist who will help parents and caretakers understand child safety and work to identify possible hazards to young children. The Family Services Specialist provides the family with necessary safety devices including safety gates, smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, and cabinet locks.
– CONTACT INFO: (412) 431-4449
Home Safe Home Project Website

CARBON MONOXIDE INFORMATION FROM ALLEGHENY COUNTY HEALTH DEPT.

This website offers some fact sheets regarding Carbon Monoxide safety tips.
– CONTACT INFO: (412) 687-ACHD.
ACHD Carbon Monoxide Awareness Website

CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL OF PITTSBURGH’S SAFETY WEBSITE

This website addresses injury prevention on a multitude of topics including sports safety, street and off road safety; home, water, and sun safety as well as holiday and seasonal safety. Information is not just for parents, there are also multiple activities for children. This site also provides a list of local resources.
Safety Website

CRIB SAFETY: CRIBS FOR KIDS AND SIDS OF PA

SIDS of PA is an organization dedicated to the prevention of SIDS through education, support and research. They have educational materials for parents, grandparents and medical professionals. Additionally, they are involved in the ‘Cribs for Kids’ Campaign that has provided free cribs and mattresses to 35,000 low-income families throughout the country.
– CONTACT INFO: (412) 322-5680, ext 102
Cribs for Kids Website

LEAD POISONING PREVENTION

HEALTHY HOME RESOURCES–LEAD SAFETY
The L.E.A.S.E. Program provide risk assessments and blood lead screenings and loans HEPA vacuum cleaners to promote lead-safe practices during lead abatements or renovation projects in homes. A certified Lead Risk Assessor meets and helps families determine if they are at risk for lead poisoning.
– CONTACT INFO: (412) 431-4449

ALLEGHENY COUNTY HEALTH DEPT’S CHILDHOOD LEAD POISONING PREVENTION PROGRAM
ACHD CLPPP provides blood lead screening, laboratory services for environmental sample analysis, medical case management, environmental inspections, environmental management, informational and educational services, and coordination of collaborative efforts.
– CONTACT INFO: (412) 578-7942, Fax: (412) 578-8099
ACHD CLPPP’s Website

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Compiled by Drs. Kaiser and Pachuski, Residents at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.
Last updated on Feb 28, 2008.

CAR SEAT SAFETY

As many as 90% of car seat’s are improperly used in Allegheny County alone. According to Pennsylvania law all car passengers must be properly restrained. This website details the weight, height and age requirements for infants and children. The Pittsburgh police provide car seat inspections as well as teaching for installation and proper use.
– CONTACT INFO: (412) 937-3051, to make an appointment for car seat inspection