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Three steps that families can take to address lead hazards at home
- Cleaning can reduce lead exposure.
Identifying Lead hazards in your home.
Report Lead Hazards to your landlord and City of Cleveland.
Step 1: Cleaning your home.
EPA has a handbook on steps families can take to protect their children from lead exposure. Your landlord should have provided a copy of this document at the beginning of your tenancy.
Rent a HepaVac and do a thorough cleaning. Deep cleaning will raise some dust so make sure the children and pregnant women are outside the home for at least 8 hours after the cleaning.
Use Dustwipes to do spot clean ups after a thorough cleaning.
Professional cleaning agencies that have experience with Lead safe cleaning standards may be of assistance.
One suggestion the article forgot: let your tap water run for a minute before using the water for drinking or cooking. Flushing out the standing water can reduce lead levels.
Step 2 Identifying Lead Hazards in your home
Look for chipping, peeling or deteriorated paint surfaces or bare soil. Besides a visual inspection, you can purchase an EPA approved Home Lead Test Kit. More info here.
CLASH can help with testing bare soil in and around your home. Contact email@example.com
Get information about lead risks from Cleveland Water Department.
Step 3: Report Lead Hazards to your landlord and the City of Cleveland
Then: Report your complaint Cleveland’s Citizen Complaint Line. Dial 311 or email: Cleveland311@clevelandohio.gov
Lead Safety Primers
Keeping Immigrant Families Safe and Healthy. "This book, written by Ngo Hna, a refugee. provides the information that you need to maintain a safe and healthy home for you and your family.
If you fail to get a response from your landlord or the City of Cleveland, contact CLASH to learn more about your rights.