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Lead Hazard

Lead poisoning is invisible and 100% preventable. Lead poisoning can cause serious, permanent damage to children, pregnant women, and adults. Learning problems, lowered attention span, slow growth, hearing loss, and hyperactivity can last a lifetime.

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Lead poisoning is most commonly caused by breathing or swallowing the leaded dust that is generated from chipping, flaking, or peeling lead-based paint. Over 80% of all homes built before 1978 in the U.S. contain lead-based paint. Other sources of lead poisoning include imported goods and beauty products, home remedies (typically red or orange powders), and travel outside the United States. Some jobs and hobbies may also increase lead exposure.

Ashland zip codes 44805, 44842, and 44851 have been identified as high risk zip codes. Ohio law (OAC 3701-30) requires all healthcare providers to administer a blood lead screening test to children at age 1 and 2, or up to age 6 if no previous test has been completed based on the following criteria: the child is on Medicaid, lives in a high-risk zip code, or has certain other risk factors.

A blood test is the only way to identify lead poisoning, as symptoms (stomach aches, headaches, tiredness, low iron) are often mistaken for other illnesses. Some children with lead poisoning may not look or act sick. Ask your doctor about a blood test, or contact us at 419-282-4357 if you don’t have a doctor.

Prevent Lead Poisoning

  1. Use a vacuum with a HEPA filter and change the filter according to the manufacturer’s recommendation.
  2. Wash floors and window sills often.
  3. Dust with a damp cloth and use a wet mop.
  4. Wash toys.
  5. Test your house for lead before removing paint or remodeling.
  6. Avoid peeling or chipping lead paint and contact a lead contractor.
  7. Avoid dry sanding or using a heat gun to remove old lead paint.
  8. Replace vinyl or plastic mini blinds made outside of the U.S., or wash them weekly. Products made in other countries may be made with lead.
  9. Wash your hands often and make sure your children wash their hands.
  10. Leave your shoes at the door.
  11. Change out of your work clothes before entering your house if you are exposed to lead at work.
  12. Test your well water for lead by contacting us at 419-282-4337.
  13. Flush your pipes with cold water for 1 to 2 minutes if water hasn’t been used for 6 hours or more.
  14. If drinking tap water, make sure it is cold.

These foods can help lower your child’s lead level:

  1. Vitamin C: tomatoes, strawberries, oranges, potatoes
  2. Calcium: milk, cheese, yogurt
  3. Iron: chicken, steak, fish, peas, eggs

Please call 419-282-4357 if you have questions or concerns about lead poisoning. 


Blood Lead Testing Requirements and High-Risk ZIP Codes

Need financial assistance?

The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) lead program has funding to remove lead paint hazards from homes built before 1978. Call 1-877-532-3723 for more information.