Lead Poisoning Prevention Program

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If you live in a residence built before 1978, it may contain lead-based paint. Deteriorated lead-based paint creates lead hazards that can cause lead poisoning. Older homes may also have plumbing components that contain lead, which can get into drinking water. Lead poisoning is especially dangerous for children, who may suffer serious and long-term health effects if exposed to lead.

Fortunately, there are steps you can take to protect your family, and there are local resources to help you find out if you have lead in your home and what you can do about it!

PWC Partners with both the City of Cincinnati and the Ohio Department of Health to implement lead abatement  programs in Cincinnati and Hamilton County:

City of Cincinnati CLOSE program – Do you own a home in the City of

Cincinnati built before 1978? Does a child six years old or younger live

in the home or visit regularly? You may be eligible for assistance with

removing lead paint, dust and soil hazards at the property through a

Lead Hazard Control  grant from the City of Cincinnati! Call PWC’s lead

info line to learn more and see if you qualify at 513-366-4697.

Ohio Department of Health SCHIP Program – Do you own a home in

Ohio built before 1978? Does a Medicaid-eligible child live in the home

or visit regularly? You may be eligible for assistance with removing lead

paint, dust and soil hazards at the property. Call PWC’s lead info line to

learn more and see if you qualify at 513-366-4697.

Whole Home Lead Inspections - Are you a homeowner who lives in a

home built before 1978? Do you want to know if your home has lead-

based paint and where it is located? If so, you can hire PWC’s Whole

Home experts to conduct a lead inspection. Our licensed inspectors

can perform a surface-by-surface inspection throughout your home,

they can identify lead hazards and recommend solutions, or they can

conduct limited testing in areas where you plan to conduct home

renovations. Visit Whole Home’s website or call 513-482-5100 to learn

more.

Additional Resources

Cincinnati Lead Free Kids Video - Learn more about lead poisoning prevention

Greater Cincinnati Water Works Enhanced Lead and HELP programs – Did you know that you can be exposed to lead through drinking water, and that the underground pipes that carry water to your home may be made of lead? Fortunately there are proactive steps you can take to reduce your risk. If you’re a customer of Greater Cincinnati Water Works, check out their program webpage to learn more about how to get your water tested for lead, and to learn if you may be eligible for cost-sharing assistance to remove lead service lines:

Hamilton County Public Health Lead Poisoning Prevention – Lead poisoning prevention resources for Hamilton County residents and information about the upcoming Hamilton County lead abatement program.

EPA’s RRP Rule - Thinking of hiring a contractor to renovate, repair or paint your home? If you live in a home built before 1978, you could potentially disturb lead-based paint and create dangerous hazards that could poison your family. Make sure you hire an EPA-certified firm to do any work that disturbs paint!

Are you planning to do the work yourself? Make sure you understand how to work lead safe: visit the EPA Lead website to learn about lead in your home and the Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) rule.