The Dangers of Lead: What You Need to Know

by Mark Bullion on June 22, 2011 at 6:40 am

A seminar was held Wednesday afternoon at the Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department on the potential dangers of lead in your home.

Officials say if lead paint is cracked or gradually chipping, the dust generated can be potentially deadly to anyone, but more commonly children because they often put their hands and objects in their mouths. A federal grant has recently been awarded to the Ohio Department of Health to help homeowners and landowners who have lead in their homes.

"This funding will allow us to access the degree of lead hazard and to conduct the abatement so it will be safe for the children to live in the home," said Ron Rees, Corporation for Ohio Appalachian Development.

Rees says the work to remove the lead will be done through contractors who specialize in removing the substance but you must be considered a low income household.

"If the tenants are income eligible, and the landlords will make a committment to continue to rent to people with low income, they can have their remediation done through this grant," said Rees.

Ohio currently ranks fifth in the country for the highest number of cases of lead because of older homes. For more information about how to apply for the grant, you can call 1-877-532-3723.