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Toledo City Council hears proposed lead poisoning ordinance

TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Managing Attorney for Advocates for Basic Legal Equality Robert Cole says Ohio is ranked the highest in childhood lead poisoning.

"Toledo is the second leading city in the state of Ohio for lead poisoning," said Cole.

Lead poisoning can cause serious health issues and the ABLE and Toledoans United for Social Action have proposed a new ordinance to prevent it.

Cole told city council Wednesday that this is a significant public health situation in Toledo, effecting those who are low income and in rental properties.

"What we're proposing are moderate IS standards to be applied for rental property owners to raise the conditions and make the rental properties lead safe at a minimal cost," said Cole.

The ordinance would require every residential rental property built before 1978 to be inspected for lead hazards and the owner to maintain the property so it remains lead free.

John Glanz owns John's Color Concepts on W. Central Ave. and he says he has tips for homeowners trying to handle a lead issue.

"Leave it be," said Glanz. "Don't scrape it, don't sand it, just prime it with a good binding primer, something that's going to seal it in and lock it down, then you can paint on top of that."

Glanz says an instant lead test kit cost about $10.

"It's a simple swab," said Glanz. "You break the little glass bead, rub it around on the surface you suspect is lead and if it turns red it's lead."

Committee member Sandy Spang says a lot more discussion is needed before anything will head to City Council. 

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