The Newark Department of Child and Family Well-Being provides and advocates for comprehensive healthcare and social and environmental services to help residents attain and maintain an optimal level of health and well-being.
Lead is a metal found in small amounts in the earth’s crust. Lead has many different uses. It is used in the production of batteries, ammunition, metal products (solder and pipes), and devices to shield X-rays.
Molds in the home produce allergens that cause allergic reactions. These reactions can include sneezing, runny nose, red eyes, itchy eyes, and skin rashes. Mold can also trigger asthma episodes and respiratory problems.
Asthma is a lung disease that causes difficulty in breathing and can sometimes lead to death. In the US, around 20 million people are affected by asthma, many of whom are children. While asthma has no cure, it is treatable.
Radon is a radioactive gas that causes cancer. It is classified as a Class A Carcinogen. It is odorless and tasteless, and exposure can cause lung cancer and deaths. Testing is the only way to know if you are at risk of radon in your home.
Asbestos is a mineral fiber that is commonly used in building construction materials for insulation. Asbestos can be dangerous if asbestos-containing materials are damaged or disturbed by repair, remodeling or demolition.
Carbon monoxide is hard to detect because it is odorless, tasteless, and colorless. The gas can cause illness and even lead to death. A fuel burning appliance that has not been properly maintained can put you and your family at risk.
Multiple Chemical Sensitivity is also called MCS. When someone has an unusually severe sensitivity or allergy-like reaction to many different kinds of pollutants, they have MCS. These pollutants include solvents, VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds), perfumes, petrol, diesel, and smoke.
Sick building syndrome occurs when workers or occupants experience negative side effects due to spending an extended length of time in a building. Illness can be linked to one room, a specific area, or an outbreak can be caused from contaminants linked to an entire building.