Pathways to Lead Safe Homes (PLSH)
Lead-based Paint Hazards
Homes built before 1978 with peeling, chipping, or flaking paint should be tested for lead contamination.
Lead poisoning symptoms may at first look like a cold or flu and cause frequent headaches, stomach upset, nausea, tiredness, and irritability.
At higher levels, lead poising can permanently damage kidneys, nerves, and blood.
Young children with lead poisoning can exhibit behavior problems, delayed development, and symptoms similar to the flu; long-term exposure can slow their growth and cause permanent learning disabilities.
What You Can Do:
- Have you home checked by a professional before remodeling, renovating, painting, or any maintenance that could create dust.
- Have your child's blood lead level tested at a doctor's office or local clinic.
- Mop floors and clean using a HEPA vacuum frequently.
- Prevent your child from playing in the soil around the outside of any older homes, as the dirt could be contaminated.
75% of Petersburg's and Ettrick's housing units were built before 1978, when lead-based paint was banned in the United States. Pathways staff have previously identified and screened more than 70 local homes that tested positive for lead-based paint.
If high levels of lead are detected, PLSH will temporarily relocate the family while licensed and certified lead abatement contractors makes their home lead safe. Pathways' trained staff also offer education about lead contamination and medical assistance as needed.
Resources and Links
Renovate Right Brochure
Protect your Family from Lead in your Home