LEAD PAINT MAKES YOU SICK.

CONCERNED YOUR FAMILY MAY BE EXPOSED TO LEAD PAINT? WE’RE HERE TO HELP.

99,000 local homes may have a lead paint hazards. If you think yours may be one of them, don’t panic. We’re here to provide you the resources you need to remove the paint and keep your family safe. The information on this page will help you understand the dangers of lead paint and help you put a plan in place to get it resolved. Financial assistance may even be available to you.

FIRST, LET’S SEE IF YOUR HOME IS AT RISK.
Was the home you’re living in built before 1978?

A majority of homes built before 1978 contain lead-based paint. If your home was built in the 1940’s, 1950’s and 1960’s, the likelihood that lead paint is present is even greater.

Do you see chipping or peeling paint on your walls, windowsills or furniture?

Lead-based paint is unsafe when it peels, chips, or cracks. Harmful lead dust is created when windows, doors, rails, or other lead-based painted surfaces wear away over time. If you see chipping and peeling, you may be at risk.

Do you see paint chips in the soil around your home?

Soil around homes with lead-based paint may have lead chips, dust, or flakes in it. When your children play outside, they could be tracking lead into your house. Remind your kids to wipe and remove their shoes before coming inside and to be sure to wash their hands, too.

IF YOU ANSWERED YES TO THE QUESTIONS ABOVE, YOUR FAMILY MAY BE IN DANGER.

For information on lead prevention and lead testing in your home, call us. We can help you find the resources you need to ensure that your children and your family are safe. You may also qualify for financial assistance available through our Lead Hazard Reduction Program.

CALL 330-926-5600 NOW.

KNOW THE DANGERS OF LEAD PAINT.

Lead paint is dangerous for everyone who lives in or visits your home, especially children.

HOW LEAD PAINT HARMS YOUR CHILDREN

If you have children under 6 living or frequently visiting the home, they are at risk for lifelong health problems. These include:

  • Brain damage
  • Damage to the nervous system
  • Slowed growth and development
  • Behavioral problems
  • Hearing loss
  • Speech problems
  • Hyperactivity and a decreased ability to pay attention
  • Lower IQ and an underperformance in school
HOW LEAD PAINT HARMS PREGNANT WOMEN

If you are expecting a child, both you and your unborn baby can be harmed by lead. Effects can include:

  • Risk for miscarriage
  • Premature birth
  • Damage to the baby’s brain, kidneys, and nervous system
HOW LEAD PAINT HARMS YOU

Exposure to lead can also cause a wide range of health issues for adults. These include:

  • Reproductive problems in both men and women
  • Anemia, which can cause fatigue
  • Kidney damage
  • High blood pressure
  • Digestive problems
  • Nerve disorders
  • Memory and concentration problems
  • Muscle and joint pain
YOU MAY QUALIFY FOR
FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE.

Summit County’s Lead Hazard Reduction Program is offering HUD funds for lead paint removal and are now accepting applications. 

You can get started by following these easy steps.

STEP 1: Download your application
Owner Occupied Application

Are you the owner of the home you live in? 

Owner Renter Application

Are you renting the home you live in? 

Vacant Rental Application

Is your rental property vacant?

STEP 2. Submit your application.

Once your application is complete, you can submit it along with the required documents one of three ways.

Mail it.

To mail:

Department of Community and Economic Development Attn: Holly Miller
175 S. Main St., Suite 207, Akron, OH 44308

Email it.
Drop it off.

To drop off:

Department of Community and Economic Development Attn: Holly Miller
175 S. Main St., Suite 207, Akron, OH 44308

WANT TO LEARN MORE?

We encourage you gather as much information as possible about the dangers of lead and how to protect your family. We’ve found the resources below are a great start!

CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL

The CDC provides information and guidance on how to protect yourself and your family from the effects of lead.

OHIO DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

The ODH offers valuable insights on lead poisoning as well as resources for families who are looking for more information or personal assistance.

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT.

HUD offers additional information on the dangers of lead paint.