The Helmet Program, in coordination with the Onondaga County Bicycle Safety Coalition and the Safety Council of Central and Western New York, provides low cost bike helmets to the community. The helmet law in Onondaga County requires all youth up to the age of 18 to wear an approved helmet when on bicycles, in-line skates, scooters or skateboards. Helmets can be purchased for $6.00 and $10.00 depending on income and family size. Helmet sale locations are available throughout the county. Call the Safety Council of Central and Western New York at (315) 431-9583 for a location near you.
New York State law requires that all children be restrained in child safety seats or booster seats up to age eight. The Car Seat Program offers federally approved infant-to-toddler convertible seats and booster seats for purchase at low cost. FREE safety seat checks by a certified child passenger safety technician are available at locations throughout Onondaga County. Effective January 1, 2012, this program is being administered by Catholic Charities in Syracuse. Appointments only, no walk-ins please. For more information or to make an appointment, please call (315) 424-1800.
Is your home poisoning your child?
Children and pregnant women living in older homes with chipping, flaking, and peeling paint are at the greatest risk for lead poisoning. The Onondaga County Lead Poisoning Control Program works to protect children from lead poisoning by:
- Inspecting rental properties and homes built before 1978
- Providing blood lead screening tests
- Following up with families whose children need testing, and
- Providing case management for children with lead poisoning.
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Miniature "button" batteries can present a risk of childhood poisoning
These tiny batteries (used in watches, calculators, cameras, and hearing aids) usually pass through the person without any problem. However, miniature batteries may cause poisoning if swallowed and they can cause internal burns if they become lodged in the esophagus or intestinal tract. If a miniature battery is swallowed, you should contact your Poison Control Center, your physician, or the National Button Battery Ingestion hotline at (202) 625-3333 (collect calls accepted). In order to prevent ingestion of miniature batteries, consumers should keep the batteries out of children's reach and throw away old batteries, securely wrapped, after they have been removed from the appliance.
“Bath salts” are “designer drugs” most commonly known as MDPV, mephedrone, or methylone. They are powerful drugs of abuse that may cause severe side effects. They may also be called “plant food” or “research chemicals”. These are not the products that are commonly sold for bathing from bath and beauty retailers. Click here for more information about these dangerous substances.