TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) - The Toledo-Lucas County Health Department (TLCHD) has scheduled free educational training sessions, including question and answer segments, for tenants and landlords to better understand the Lead Safe Law.
The first session was held Tuesday afternoon.
"Wipe your feet off before you go in to the house, chipped, peeling paint, be careful of that, window sills and stuff like that, don't let your child chew or gnaw on that because that's where they get the lead poisoning," said Dave Welch the Director of Environmental Health for the TLCHD.
Rental properties and in home daycares built before 1978 are in need of inspection.
There weren't any landlords at the first session, but the health department is confident turnout will increase in upcoming meetings.
"There are three phases, 2018, 2019 and 2020 so they're all going out for phase one. We'll probably do a follow up letter later in the year to just see
how well the response is," said Welch.
The phases depend on how dangerous the property is considered.
In these classes, neighbors take a pretest, then listen to a presentation covering everything from the dust wipes to how kids react to lead.
Following the presentation, they take a post-test, and are free to ask any questions they might have, hoping to clear up any confusion.
"They think that it's like lead abatement where you have to go in and replace windows and do all sorts of stuff, it's really not. It's to take care of any peeling, chipping paint, make sure around the outside of the house there is no exposed dirt right up against the house and just basic housekeeping",
The dates for these sessions are listed below. The first three session are limited to 25 seats. Call 419.213.4100 ext 3 or email email@example.com to RSVP.
- June 20, 5 p.m. at Birmingham Branch Library
- June 27, 12 p.m. OR 5 p.m. at Kent Branch Library
- July 6, 12 p.m. OR 5 p.m. at Mott Branch Library
Health department leaders say the programs were planned in areas where there are the most properties needing inspection.
Property owners who are required to have lead safe certifications by June 30, 2018 will be receiving mail about updates on the City of Toledo Lead Ordinance from The Toledo-Lucas County Health Department (TLCHD).
An overview of the Lead Safe Law and childhood lead poisoning information will also be inserted into the City of Toledo's next cycle of utility bills as well.