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Hazardous Consumer Products

Some consumer products contain dangerous chemicals or heavy metals, such as lead, mercury or arsenic. These types of products can cause serious health problems, including damage to the brain, nervous system and reproductive system.

Learn more about the following types of products that may be harmful:

For questions about hazardous products, call 311 and ask for Healthy Homes or call the NYC Poison Center at 212-POISONS (212-764-7667). For questions about lead, call 212-BANLEAD (212-226-5323).

If you use these types of products, ask your health care provider to test you for lead and other heavy metals. For help finding a provider, call 844-NYC-4NYC (844-692-4692).

South Asians and Lead Poisoning

New York City’s South Asian children and adults are especially at risk for lead poisoning. A 2016 study found South Asian children in the city were six times more likely to have high blood lead levels than children citywide, and adults were four times more likely to have high levels.

In addition to lead paint and occupational lead hazards, poisonings in this community have been associated with the use of traditional consumer products. Such products include:

Brochure: South Asians and Lead Poisoning (PDF)
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