Lead-safe is a proactive approach. It means making sure homes don’t pose a lead risk before a child is poisoned. A home is lead-safe when lead risks – known as lead hazards – have been controlled so the concentration of lead dust remains below the threshold set by the Ohio Department of Health. This means a lead-safe home is no longer hazardous but may still contain lead.

In order to combat lead poisoning, the City of Toledo is requiring Lead-Safe Certificates for the most at-risk properties. To obtain a Lead-Safe Certificate, units must pass a lead clearance exam conducted by an independent, licensed local lead inspector.