Keeping Children Away from Lead-Based Paint

by Emily Baird on June 7, 2010 at 6:20 am

The Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department won’t have to rely on the Ohio Department of Health anymore when it comes to inspecting local homes for lead-based paint.

Sanitarian Anne Boyd added that job to her list back in January.

"It’s a contract available to any county health department. It helps alleviate the state employees traveling as far. It also allows us to do the primary prevention piece. So, we have all the equipment, " says Boyd.

The risk for lead-based paint in homes is very high in this area because there is a large market of older homes. The fear is that children living in these homes will get this lead into their systems.

"You don’t have to see it for it to be enough, " says Boyd.

Kids can get cracked lead-based paint on their toys, which can get on their fingers and into their mouths.