LeadSafe Charlotte Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control
Lead is a toxic metal. Lead paint, the primary source of lead poisoning, creates invisible lead dust and paint chips, which can cause permanent damage to the developing central nervous system if ingested or inhaled. Children can get lead poisoning in many ways, including chewing on windowsills, floors, toys or contaminated soil, or putting their hands in their mouths after touching a contaminated area. Pets that play in contaminated soil can also harm your children.
When funding is available, LeadSafe Charlotte provides grants to assist low-income homeowners with addressing unsafe lead paint conditions that pose a potential health hazard to young children. The program is designed to assist owners of single and multi-family dwellings and investor owners of properties with two or more bedrooms. Some of the services we offer for those who qualify:
- Free lead inspections at your home
- Free blood testing of children (finger stick)
- Free remediation of lead hazards at your home or rental property
Since the program's inception in 1998, the City of Charlotte has received over $17 million to reduce lead hazards in over 2,000 homes.
Here is a list of homes made safe through LeadSafe Charlotte during the past five years.
Check out this great video on the dangers of lead poisoning.