The NYC Department of Health provides extensive information on important home health and safety issues including carbon monoxide, hazardous products, and pest control.
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.
The “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:
Las “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:
Offers instant help if the parent is worried a child was exposed to a poison: (800) 222-1222
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:
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:
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).
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.
The 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
Site contains lots of information on child safety including a video. Or call 311
Offers a FREE inspection of an installed child safety seat by appointment by trained technician.
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 email@example.com.
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: