With more than 75,000 homes in Lancaster County built before 1978, the year lead paint was banned for residential use, thousands of families could be at risk for elevated lead blood levels and lead poisoning. In an effort to increase awareness of the dangers of lead exposure, LG Health, in partnership with PinnacleHealth, has formed a lead coalition. The group of concerned physicians works to assess and test the level of lead in at-risk children and women who are pregnant. Exposure to lead can cause brain damage in children and premature birth.
The coalition comes on the heels of Lancaster City's new ordinance cracking down on homeowners who have lead-based paint in their homes. Under the ordinance, doctors must notify the city when patients are identified with elevated lead blood levels. The city then has the authority to order the homeowner of the affected individual to test the home to determine if a lead hazard exists. If a lead hazard is found, the homeowner must submit a written contract, schedule and scope of work to remove the lead hazard.
Free lead screenings for children 6 and younger and pregnant women are offered at the following locations. No appointment necessary.
Lancaster County WIC
601 S. Queen St., Lancaster
2nd Tuesday of month, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
3rd Tuesday of month, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Southeast Lancaster Health Services
625 S. Duke St., Lancaster
3rd Tuesday of Month, 9 a.m. – noon
Lead testing is also offered in Columbia, Ephrata, Manheim and Quarryville. Call 800-374-7144 for dates and times.
For more information on the LG Health and PinnacleHealth partnership, call Alice Yoder, Director Community Health, at 717-544-3283.