Lead is a metal found naturally in the environment, but some older buildings have dangerously high levels of lead inside them. High levels of lead can cause health problems, especially in children. Those problems can include hyperactivity, slowed growth, learning problems, hearing problems, and more.
To help protect you and your loved ones from lead poisoning, Lorain County Public Health offers the following:
Lorain County Public Health (LCPH) offers lead screening tests to determine if your child has been exposed to lead.
Who: All children 1 to 6 years of age
When + where: Appointments are encouraged; call 440-322-6367. Walk-ins available weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 9880 S. Murray Ridge Rd., Elyria, OH 44035
Cost: Most insurance cover the lab fee. Bring your insurance card.
Details: A lead screening test is done by a finger prick for a drop of blood that is placed on a special paper. LCPH sends the special paper to a lab for lead level results. LCPH will call you once results come in. If your child has high levels of lead, we arrange for a second test to confirm results.
If confirmed that your child does have a high lead level, LCPH will offer you ways to clean up lead in your home and give you information to maintain a healthy home and family.
By Ohio law, you must test your child for lead if the child:
Also, test your child if the mother:
LCPH offers lead services for the home, including lead-based paint inspections, lead risk assessments, and final clearance examinations of home. These services follow the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) guidelines. To request these services, click here: Lead-Based Paint Program Services and Fees.
Description: Lead-based paint inspection & lead risk assessment
Onsite investigation for lead-based paint risks with an inspection of all painted surfaces both inside and outside. Inspection includes a visual assessment, use of a portable X-ray fluorescent (XRF) analyzer, and targeted environmental sampling. You receive a report with the status of the painted surfaces and list of lead hazards.
Description: Lead risk assessment
Onsite investigation for lead-based paint risks that includes use of a portable X-ray fluorescent (XRF) analyzer and targeted environmental sampling. You receive a report with the status of the painted surfaces and suggestions for next steps.
Description: Final clearance examination
A visual assessment with environmental sampling to make sure no lead-based paint risks are still present after lead cleanup.
Sources of drinking water in Lorain County do not have high levels of naturally occurring lead. However, lead can get into your water when older plumbing breaks down.
Tips to reduce lead in drinking water:
Occasionally, lead is found in children’s toys. When lead is detected, the toys are recalled. Click below to learn more about lead in children’s toys and where to find recalls related to lead and other hazards.