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Environmental Health

Healthy Homes Program

The NYC Department of Health provides extensive information on important home health and safety issues including carbon monoxide, hazardous products, and pest control.

Spanish imageEl Departamento de Salud ofrece informacion completa acerca de la salud ambiental en el hogar incluyendo monoxido de carbono, productos toxicos y control de plagas


Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Most homes and residential buildings in NYC City are required by law to have carbon monoxide detectors installed in the sleeping areas. If you rent, the building owner is responsible for installing approved carbon monoxide detectors, and residents are responsible for regularly testing detectors to make sure they work and replacing the batteries.


Prescriptions for Prevention

Screen Shot 2019-08-15 at 10.59.22 AMThe “prescriptions” provide information on how New York families can address common environmental health concerns. The front of each prescription explains simple steps for reducing the exposure. The back of each prescription lists key resources that families can use to help address concerns such as:

Smoking    —    Secondhand Smoke.   —    Lead-based Paint.   —   Mold

Pests and Pesticides    —    Radon.   —    Eat Fish, Choose Wisely.   —   Sun Safety.

Teen Tanning.   —    Noise.   —    Reducing exposures to environmental hazards from your job or hobby.

Teen Workers     —      Nature and Play

Screen Shot 2019-08-15 at 11.02.24 AMLas “recetas” proporcionan información sobre cómo las familias de Nueva York pueden abordar los problemas comunes de salud ambiental. El frente de cada receta explica pasos simples para reducir la exposición. El reverso de cada receta enumera los recursos clave que las familias pueden usar para ayudar a abordar inquietudes tales como:

De fumar.  —    Humo de segunda mano.   —    Pintura a base de plomo.   —    Moho

Plagas y plaguicidas.    —    Radón.   —    Come pescado, elige sabiamente.   —    Protección solar

Bronceado adolescente.   —    Ruido   —  Reducción de la exposición a los peligros ambientales de su trabajo o pasatiempo.

Trabajadores adolescentes.   —    Naturaleza y juego.


Poison Control Center

Offers instant help if the parent is worried a child was exposed to a poison: (800) 222-1222


Tobacco issues

New York State Smoking Quit Line provides free support to individuals who are interested in tobacco cessation:

call (866) NY-QUITS (866) 697-8487 or go to:

What to do if secondhand smoke enters your home from a neighbor’s smoking:

Information on smoke-free housing initiatives in NYC:

Learn more about e-cigarettes and juuling:


Lead Poisoning

NYC Department of Health’s Lead Poisoning Prevention program offers services for families affected by lead poisoning (including home visits) and resources for healthcare providers caring for children and pregnant women:


Regional Lead Treatment and Prevention Center at Children’s Hospital at Montefiore:


Environmental Pediatrics Clinic at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

The clinic provides outpatient clinical evaluations and coordinated services for children with known or suspected exposures to environmental toxins (such as lead, mercury, environmental asthma triggers). 


Environmental asthma triggers: Organizations that provide in-home asthma interventions for NYC families

LSA Family Health Service
For East Harlem families (zip codes 10029, 10035)
Little Sisters of Assumption offers free home visits from their environmental services team for residents of East Harlem. Call or request an appointment online.

NYC Department of Health “Healthy Neighborhoods” Program
The NYC Healthy Neighborhoods Program (HNP) can help children and adults with asthma by identifying asthma triggers in their homes and finding ways to avoid them. Such triggers can include cockroaches, Mice, and Mold.

AIRnyc’s Community Health Workers meet people where they live to improve health, connect families to social care and build health equity at the community level.
AIRnyc does free home visits to help families with mold, pests, and other asthma triggers.

New York State Children’s Environmental Health Centers

NYCP_LogoThe mission of NYS CEHC (or “NYSCHECK”) is to prevent, diagnose, and treat environmentally related conditions for families across New York State, and is the first state-based model for pediatric environmental health services in the country.

Main areas of work: clinical consultations, screening families for environmental health hazards, education and training to the healthcare community, promote programs and policies to protect children, community partnerships


The Complete New York Car Accident Guide

Written by: Judge Anthony P. Calisi (ret.)

Visit site


Administration for Children’s Services

Site contains lots of information on child safety including a video. Or call 311



Great interactive site for kids, parents and teachers containing information, games and good advice about staying safe, including such topics as bullying, cyberspace, gangs, cycling and more.


New York City DOT Child Car Seat Fitting Station

Offers a FREE inspection of an installed child safety seat by appointment by trained technician.

Safe Kids Worldwide

A group seeking to prevent accidental childhood injury, a leading killer or children 14 and under. Information in both English and Spanish. Contains lots of tips for preventing injury.


Stay Safe

Site contains resources on internet safety and security for people of all ages.

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

for parents who have questions about the safety of the products their children use, such as cribs and strollers. The USCPSC is committed to protecting the public from products that can injure children. Call or check out the website to find out if there have been recalls of any products or to report an incident or unsafe product (800) 638-2772. You may also e-mail

Window Guard Safety

For families with young children living in or visiting one’s home, the landlord is usually required to install window guards.Call 311 for more information or to lodge a complaint. To obtain information on installing window guards or a copy of the law or educational materials, call 311 or visit the website: