Lead paint removed from more than 200 local homes

Area officials keep chipping away at a hazardous paint problem plaguing local homes built decades ago. Workers recently eliminated lead and lead-based paints in more than 200 homes.
Andy Ouriel
Oct 25, 2011

 

Area officials keep chipping away at a hazardous paint problem plaguing local homes built decades ago. Workers recently eliminated lead and lead-based paints in more than 200 homes.

Erie County received, in total, $6.1 million since 2008 to remove the poisonous element in homes.
“We have been working with our lead-hazard grants and we have made some awesome strides,” said Scott Thom, the county’s health department construction administrator.

But health officials still want to inform people about the dangers lead poses and eliminate the deadly substance from homes, said Christine Stelzer, the department’s Healthy Homes supervisor.

Stelzer discussed why lead is poisonous, the effects it has on children and what county residents can do to eliminate the toxin from their homes.

Q: Why are so many Erie County homes at risk of lead poisoning?
CS: Erie County has one of the oldest housing stocks with many homes more than 100 years old. Lead was added to paint to make it more durable, but in 1978 the government banned it from household use because of the health effects.

Q: Children are the most at-risk when exposed to lead paint in terms of long-term effects.
What are some of those effects?
CS: Behavior problems, learning problems, hearing damage, brain damage and possibly even death.  There have been studies done to show children who have lead poisoning have a higher rate of dropping out of school and a higher likelihood of being involved in crime.

Q: How can someone become infected with lead?
CS: It can be inhaled or ingested. I know a lot of people think the common image of kids eating paint chips, but actually the friction from old windows being opened and closed creates dust.  If the child has been playing there, the hand-to-mouth activity of such as sucking on your thumb or putting a toy in your mouth. Also, if mom or dad is dry sanding a window, a child can inhale the dust. Even soil, if kids are crawling around in it.

Q: What can parents do to become proactive and determine if their child has lead poisoning?
CS: A child’s physician or pediatrician should be offering the test. It’s state law for Medicaid children to have their blood lead tested at ages 1 and 2, but not all pediatricians do it.

Q: Other than doctor offices, where else can children get tested for lead levels?
CS: We give tests at the health department, our outreach clinics and our women, infants and children clinics. A full schedule of clinics can be found at eriecohealthohio.org.

Q: Why should people test their children for lead?
CS: The health risks of lead include developmental delays for a children. The sooner you catch it, the sooner the problem can be fixed.

Comments

real talk

 The best thing about this is that there will be 200 fewer homes in the area that produce future republicans

SimpleEnough

So real tak, you think the the average cost of $30,500 per home for the program does it make sense? Why not just encapsulate it with a good paint? How many of these homes have a value of greater than that cost?Just doesn't sound like a wise spending of tax dollars and please don't give me "it's a health concern", it has been there for how many years already.

sandusky-jdubya

When is the last time we heard about a problem with lead paint  in our children?(1973?) Why do our kids always have to be used as a scare tactic and a defense for spending money we dont have and their going to have to pay for later, on a problem that otherwise wouldnt exist?

BytheBy

Oh real talk, your liberal ridiculousness never ceases to amaze the educated!

princedenny

Hey MORONS this is GRANT money, which means the money is out there to be used to benefit the community and is designated for specific purposes.  This money happens to be geared for lead paint removal.

Give the people (Mr. Thom, the construction/window companies, workers, etc.) involved in making these improvements a lot of credit for adding value to the homes in the community, and making life better for those people who live in these homes. 

Quit being a "Debbie Downer" and showing off your ignorance and/or jealousy.

 

Pete

So where did the grant money come from bottom feeder?

Centauri

So real tak, you think the the average cost of $30,500 per home for the program does it make sense? Why not just encapsulate it with a good paint? How many of these homes have a value of greater than that cost?Just doesn't sound like a wise spending of tax dollars and please don't give me "it's a health concern", it has been there for how many years already.

Excellent comment

How long will that Federal CHIP investigation be going on or was it swept under the rug?

http://www.sanduskyregister.com/sandusky/2010/apr/19/city-wants-housing-scandal-report

The Office of the Inspector General began its investigation into the city's housing scandal in 2008, and city commissioner Dave Waddington's frustration boiled over this week about the lack of progress.

Somebody is getting rich off of these grants which is taxpayer money. Grants are not free money as some seem to think.

patriot5
Great job EPA, its only been 33 years now that lead paint has been banned, so now you are going to enforce RRP. Now your home remodeling project turns into a hazardous materials site, why is that? The EPA forecasted they will earn $16 million a year in licensing fees alone. Violate the regulations and face up to $37,000/day fines. By no means am I saying lead is wonderful for kids, but most would have the common sense not to let their kids breath; paint, dust, fumes, etc while remodeling, lead or not.
joshwillishomes

 

Yes, great job on lead printing. The lead is actually used as a pigment to help die the paint the particular desired color.