Lead paint exposure is continuously a concern in Elmira, especially for young children.
However, the Chemung County Health Department has only seen an increase in elevated lead levels.
Rebecca Becraft, the nurse supervisor at the County’s Health Department, has seen this first hand.
“In the years 2014, 2015, and 2016, there was over 10 percent of children that had elevated lead levels,” Becraft said.
Elmira is prone to lead exposure because most of the houses were built before 1978, which is the year the lead paint law came into affect.
The Health Department said the best way for prevention is to get your children tested. Health officials also urge parents to be cautious for any peeled or chipped paint and deterioration.