Bloomfield Health Department Offering Free Lead Testing for Toys and Household Items

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In addition to providing free lead testing kits and PUR water filters to all residents upon request, the Bloomfield Department of Health & Human Services is offering Complimentary Lead Testing of Common Household Items and Soil for all residents every Tuesday during the month of July.

For this program, which began earlier in June, residents can bring in any children’s toys or household items for testing on Tuesdays through the end of July from 10:00am-12:00pm at the Bloomfield Health Department, 1 Municipal Plaza, Room 111. The July dates are July 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30.

“The Mayor, Township Administrator, Township Engineer and our Department have all been very proactive in informing residents of our initiatives to help them reduce the build up of lead in older homes, which may feature out-dated plumbing. But it is also important to make sure toys, utensils, and other household items–especially those handled by children–are lead-free,” said Director of Health and Welfare Karen Lore. “We are available to test products on different days if we have advance notice. Our friendly department staff is proud to help residents ensure the safety of their families, and stay educated about all matters of public health.”

During these lead testing days, residents are invited to bring toys, ceramics, metals, plastics, painted products, liquids, makeup, spices, wood, soil and more items for inspection, but the department staff requests they bring no more than three items at a time. Residents are invited to contact Gina Marie Behre at 973-680-4024 or Gbehre@bloomfieldtwpnj.com for more information or if they need to schedule a different day to come in.

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