Lead Safe Roanoke

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What is Lead Safe Roanoke?

Lead Safe Roanoke is a grant-funded program designed to reduce lead poisoning in children age 5 and under by stabilizing lead-based paint hazards found in rental and single-family homes built in Roanoke prior to 1978.

What is Lead Poisoning?

  • Lead poisoning is a condition caused by swallowing lead-contaminated objects or breathing lead dust.

  • Lead poisoning is the nation’s #1 preventable environmental health problem facing children today.

  • Infants and children age 5 and under are most at risk for lead poisoning because their growing bodies absorb lead more easily than adults’ bodies. The younger the child, the greater the risk.

  There is NO safe level of lead in the body!

Where Does Lead Come From?

   Paint chips and dust

Most lead hazards come from paint in homes built before 1978, especially if before 1950, and are most hazardous when paint is peeling or chipping.

   Soil

Play areas can be contaminated by chips or dust from lead paint, as well as, lead from car batteries or past use of leaded gasoline.

   Air

Air may be contaminated by lead from dust created by sanding, scraping or burning to remove lead-based paint.

   Water

Water can be contaminated by lead pipes and lead solder used to connect plumbing. 

What Are the Effects of Lead Poisoning?

Most children show no symptoms, even at high levels.  If symptoms occur, they are often mistaken for the flu or other illnesses.

Low levels of lead within the body may cause:

  • Brain damage
  • Decreased muscle and bone growth
  • Diminished intelligence and lower IQ
  • Decreased hearing ability or complete hearing loss
  • Behavioral problems such as Attention Deficit Disorder and Hyperactivity
  • Kidney damage

High levels of lead within the body may cause:

  • Mental retardation
  • Convulsions
  • Coma
  • Death

The long-term effects of lead in a child can be severe.

How Do I Know If My Child Has Lead Poisoning?

Regular screening of blood for lead is the best way to detect lead poisoning. Have kids tested at ages 12 and 24 months!

There is no safe level of lead found in the body so have your child tested today! 

FUNDS ARE AVAILABLE to help stabilize deteriorating lead-based paint hazards in your home and/or rental units.

The program's goal is to reduce deteriorating lead hazards found in 115 low-to-moderate income residences built before 1978 where children under the age of 5 years reside or visit frequently. This is accomplished by stabilizing lead-based paint hazards discovered in the home as a result of performing a lead paint assessment on the property.

Participation in the Lead Safe Roanoke program is FREE and is available at no cost to all residential property owners who meet the program's financial criteria and requirements.  



  1. Keri Rierson

    Administrative/Fiscal Assistant
    Phone: 540-853-5687

  1. Marla Robertson

    Education and Outreach Specialist
    Phone: 540-853-5852

  1. Ann Billings

    Program Manager
    Phone: 540-853-5841




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