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. Blood Lead Screenings are $25. Those paying at the time of service are eligible for a discount. Medicaid is also accepted.
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.