Your child may be in danger of lead poisoning

Your child may be in danger of lead poisoningDo you live in a home with old windows or peeling paint?

If so, the city’s Lead-Safe Program can help. You may be eligible for an assessment and possible lead hazard control work, which may include new windows, doors and special cleaning and painting. There is no cost to you.

You qualify if you meet all of the following:

  • A child under 6 years lives in the home or spends at least six hours a week in the home and 60 hours or more annually, or a pregnant female lives in the home.
  • Live in a house (own or rent) built before 1978 in the City of Fort Worth.
  • Yearly income for all adults living in the home is at or below 80 percent Area Medium Income (AMI) based on family size.

Neighborhoods in high-risk ZIP codes have a high number of houses that were built before 1978. These ZIP codes are considered highest risk for lead-based paint hazards: 76104, 76105, 76106, 76110, 76111 and 76164.

Childhood lead poisoning may cause, but is not limited to:

  • Damage to the brain and nervous system.
  • Slow growth.
  • Learning and behavioral problems.
  • Hearing problems and headaches.

Call your healthcare provider to test your child for lead poisoning. Lead poisoning is 100 percent preventable.

To learn more about childhood lead poisoning, contact the city’s Lead-Safe Program at 817-392-7319.

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