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Protecting your family from lead.

Nurse Home Visits and Home Environmental Visual Assessments

Together with the Ohio Healthy Homes and Lead Poisoning Prevention Program, Galion City Health Department works to promote healthy homes and educate the community on lead poisoning prevention. This partnership enables our Public Health Nurses to make home visits to families with young children and complete a Home Environmental Visual Assessment. This assessment tool allows our specially trained nurses to identify potential sources of lead in your home or other health hazards to your family. For children who have been identified with a blood lead level at 10μg/dL or higher, this service is provided free of charge by Ohio Department of Health. Other families who are interested in a nurse home visit and a Home Environmental Visual Assessment can benefit from this service for a nominal fee.

Call 419.468.1075 for more information, educational materials, or to request a home visit.

Blood Lead Screenings

Galion Health Department also offers Blood Lead Screenings. This includes a blood test via finger stick to determine the current lead level in the blood. This service is offered to children ages 1-6 years of age and to women of child-bearing years. A $20 fee is required at the time of finger stick. Medical card also accepted.

Lead Poisoning

  • Lead Poisoning is one of the most common preventable pediatric health problems today. There is NO safe level of lead in the blood. Lead poisoning occurs when the level of lead in the blood reaches 10μg/dL or above.
  • For years, until 1978, lead was used in paint, plumbing and many other things. It can hide in many places in and around your home such as dust and flakes from paint on windows, doors, stairs, railings, and porches, water from old pipes, and dust and flakes from old paint in dirt around your yard.
  • Your family can also be at risk if you visit a place where there is a potential for lead like a family member’s home or child care, and if an adult in your house has a hobby or job working with lead.
  • Lead is bad for everyone, but especially for children under 6 years of age and pregnant women. Young children eat, chew, and suck on lead painted surfaces they can reach, and spend a lot of time close to the floor where they can breathe lead dust. If lead gets in your child’s body, it can make them very sick. Lead is a brain poison and can make it hard for your child to learn and grow. At higher levels of exposure, lead poisoning can cause severe developmental delays, convulsions, coma, and death. If you are exposed to lead while pregnant you could have a higher than normal chance of having a miscarriage or stillbirth. Lead can also cause your baby to be born too small or born too soon.

Home Renovations

Federal law requires that individuals receive certain information before renovating six square feet or more of painted surfaces in a room for interior projects or more than twenty square feet of painted surfaces for exterior projects in housing, child care facilities and schools built before 1978. Also, beginning April 2010, federal will require contractors that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities and schools, built before 1978 to be certified and follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination.  Remember to ask to see your contractor’s certification before starting any home remodeling.

Keep your home a Healthy Home:

  • Keep it Dry
  • Keep it Clean
  • Keep it Safe
  • Keep it Well-Ventilated
  • Keep it Pest Free
  • Keep it Contaminant Free
  • Keep it Well-Maintained

Links

Ohio Department of Health - Lead

Environmental Protection Agency - Lead

US Department of Housing and Urban Development

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