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, including: hyperactivity, slowed growth, learning problems, hearing problems, and more. It can be hard to tell if there’s lead in a home or if someone has lead poisoning, which is why a lead screening is important.
Lorain County Public Health offers lead screenings to help find out if your child has been exposed to lead.
Who: All children 6 months to 6 years of age
When: 2nd Wednesday of the month, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
4th Tuesday of the month, 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Appointments are encouraged; walk-ins accepted during the above times. For an appointment, call 440-322-6367
Where: 9880 S. Murray Ridge Rd., Elyria, OH
Cost: No cost. Bring your insurance card. We will bill your insurance, and a grant will cover any remaining costs.
Details: Lead screening is done with a finger prick (a blood sample). The blood sample is sent to a lab for results. When results are returned to us, we will call you with your child’s lead level if any. If your child has high levels of lead a second test is performed.
If your child does has a high lead level, we will help you with lead clean up in your home and connect you with resources for a healthy home and family.
Partial funding provided by Erie County HUD Lead grant partnership.
A blood lead test must be administered to children if “yes” is answered to any of the following:
Does the child:
If yes to any of the six questions, TEST – It is OHIO LAW
Source: Ohio Healthy Homes and Lead Poisoning Prevention Program