Toledo Lucas County Health Dept. offering classes on dangers of lead

An inspector looks over a rental property for signs of lead (Toledo Lucas Co. Health Dept.)

The Toledo Lucas County Health Department is offering classes for the next three week to help inform the public on the signs and dangers of lead exposure.

"The concept here is to start talking with those tenants and those landlords and say look this is what needs to be done. First off, tenants this is what you should be looking for, this is how you should keep a house clean, this is what you need to do," said Eric Zgodzinski, Toledo Lucas County Health Director.

The classes begin on Tuesday at the Birmingham Branch Library in Toledo, with two class options, one at noon and the other at 5 p.m.

Two more classes with follow at these branches the next two weeks. You must call or email to RSVP a spot to attend the class.

Gloria Smith is a registered public nurse who works with the city's childhood lead prevention program and says the dangers of lead poisoning for kids is especially dangerous.

"Seeing children that their growth has slowed, their teeth aren't forming...we're seeing a lot of physical as well as cognitive problems with children that have been exposed to lead," said Smith.

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