Times have changed quickly, and kids and teens are spending more time than ever around the house. We want to share a few important reminders on things in your home which may be harmful to kids and teens. More time around the house can sometimes mean more risk of exposure to lead and lead poisoning, especially if you live in an older home.
Sometimes, more time at home can also mean increased access to alcohol, prescription drugs, firearms, and increased screen time. The Strafford County Public Health Network is here to share knowledge about keeping families safe. The information below includes some useful information about these topics, as well as resources to learn more about keeping yourself and your family safe at home.
Protect your family from lead poisoning
If you live in a home built prior to 1978, your home may contain lead paint. Somersworth and Rochester contain some of the highest amounts of lead paint in homes in our state.
Ways to prevent Lead Poisoning in children:
- Before hiring a contractor ensure that they are certified in lead safe practices
- Test your home for lead paint
- Before completing a DIY project always test for paint and highly consider being trained in a lead-safety course
- Have your child tested for blood lead levels at their well child check up as directed by your child’s pediatricians’ office
Visit Lead Free Kids NH for advice on safely completing DIY projects around the house.
How to check your home for lead paint:
3M Lead Paint Swabs
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INFO on SCPHN’s RRP Program
Reduce the Risk of Substance Misuse for Kids
Cigarettes, E-Cigarettes, and Nicotine
- How to talk to your kids about E-Cigs
- E-Cigarette and Vaping Resources for Parents and Teens: Learning, Talking & Quitting
- Drug prevention tips for every age
- “Talk. They hear you.” A Resource Guide for talking to kids about alcohol and other drugs
- 5 Conversation Goals for Talking to Your Kids about Alcohol & Other Drugs
- Answering Your Child’s Tough Questions
- Talking to your teen/young adult about drug use
- National Institute on Drug Abuse – For Teens
- Prevention Teen or Young Adult Drug Use: How to Talk with Your Child
- Set Limits & Monitor Behavior
Other Resources for Staying Safe at Home
Below are some easy resources for any family to use. They can help family members connect, set goals, and work through challenges together to create and maintain a safe, happy, and healthy home.
- Bringing Out the Best in Your Family
- Tips for Safely Storing Guns at Home
- 5 Household Products that are Dangerous for Curious Toddlers
- Child-Proofing Tips for Grandparents
- Is Your Child Ready to Stay Home Alone?
If you are interested in joining SCPHN’s group of community members working to combat Lead Poisoning please contact Ashley Desrochers at firstname.lastname@example.org.