Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County partners with the Ohio Healthy Homes and Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (OHHLPPP) to provide public education, public health lead investigations, and case management to lead poisoned children in Montgomery County. The program specifically addresses the needs of lead-poisoned children from birth through 72 months of age. OHHLPPP receives all blood lead laboratory reports on Ohio resident children and refers cases of lead poisoned children in Montgomery County to Public Health for lead hazard investigation and case management. The program assists family members, medical care providers and other community members to reduce and prevent lead poisoning.
Q&A: Lead Fact Sheets
Did You Know?
Lead-based paint that is in good condition does not pose a hazard. But when this paint breaks down, the lead forms a fine dust that can spread throughout the interior and exterior of a home. Children can become lead poisoned by getting this dust on their hands or toys and then putting their hands in their mouths.
Lead that is ingested is particularly harmful to the developing brain and nervous system of unborn and young children and can cause irreversible effects including learning disabilities, mental retardation, coma, and, in extreme cases, death.
If your home was built before 1978, it is likely to be painted with lead-based paint. If you have children six years old or younger, they could be at risk for lead poisoning. But don’t worry – lead poisoning is completely preventable.
Steps For Removing Lead
- To permanently remove lead hazards, you must hire a certified Lead Abatement contractor. Abatement (or permanent hazard elimination) methods include removing, sealing, or enclosing lead-based paint with special materials.
- Always hire a person with special training for correcting lead problems — someone who knows how to do this work safely and has the proper equipment to clean up thoroughly. Certified contractors will employ qualified workers and follow strict safety rules set by the state and federal government.
- Contact the National Lead Information Center (NLIC) for help with locating certified contractors in your area. You might also be eligible for financial assistance.