Let's Get Lead Safe

Most Western New Yorkers think the threat of lead paint is a thing of the past.
Unfortunately, Buffalo ranks among the top 10 cities nationally for elevated blood lead levels in young children.

Buffalo is renovating more than ever before. That means it’s time for all of us—each landlord, tenant, and homeowner—to help make our community lead-safe.

What to look for - Windowsills and doorways inside and outside the house, chipping and peeling paint
What to look for - Windowsills and doorways inside and outside the house, chipping and peeling paint

Areas At Risk

Buffalo is one of the oldest and most historic housing markets in the country. If your home was built before 1978 and resides within the following zip-codes, you may be at risk for lead exposure.

14201 14208 14211 14214
14206 14209 14212 14215
14207 14210 14213
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To ensure that rental properties meet the minimum standards of safe and healthy housing, the Department of Permits & Inspections is launching an inspection program focused on one- and two-family homes that are used as rental properties. These inspections are performed at no cost to the owner and will not be initiated by a complaint; they will occur as part of an automated process.  All occupied properties will be scheduled for proactive inspection by the Department and will be required to maintain a Certificate of Rental Compliance.

To learn more about this new program, visit the city’s website or download the Proactive Rental Inspection Brochure.

Making your properties lead-safe could be easier—and more affordable—than you think.

Explore what steps you need to take to get ahead of lead.



Exposure to lead is extremely hazardous – especially in young children. Contact your landlord if you have not received the Lead Paint Notice Form, the Lead Disclosure Form, or the Renovate Right Booklet. If you do not hear back from your landlord in 30 days, call 311 to request an inspection to make sure your home is lead-safe.

Call 311 the City of Buffalo's Call Resolution Center.

Tips for keeping a house lead-safe:

  • Use wet paper towels to clean up lead dust.
  • Clean around windows, play areas, and floors.
  • Always wash hands before eating and sleeping.


Buying a home infested with lead paint was never part of your plan. And even though making your home lead-safe is your responsibility, you’re not on your own.

Register today for a free training course offered by the Erie County Department of Health on how to protect yourself and your family from being exposed to lead hazards.


Examples of Lead-Safe Practices

Plastic Sheeting

Use plastic sheeting to contain contaminated dust when scraping or disturbing lead paint

Water Drops

Wet/spray surfaces before and during any scraping or sanding (no electric tools!)

Vacuum Cleaner

Skilled cleanup/wipe test for dust