Omaha Healthy Kids Alliance conducts:
The EPA is replacing yards and painting the exteriors of qualifying homes in Omaha. Omaha Healthy Kids Alliance’s voluntary program helps complete the circle of making the ENTIRE property lead-safe.
We know that window replacement in properties improves the value of the home and decreases homeowners’ energy costs, but it also can improve the indoor environment by eliminating lead hazards found in older windows. Window replacement is proven to be one of the best ways to eliminate lead hazards in housing built before 1978.
In 2004, Omaha became the largest residential Superfund site in the country for lead contamination from a former refinery. Today, the EPA is replacing contaminated yards and stabilizing the exterior paint on qualifying homes. According to the Douglas County Healthy Department, 90% of lead poisoning in Omaha is caused from lead-based paint hazards inside the home. Also, national data shows that windows are a primary source of lead exposure as the friction from the opening and closing of windows in homes built before 1978 generates lead dust particles.
Through the Get The Lead Out! program, interior lead hazard control will be coordinated with the EPA program so that interior lead-based paint risks can be addressed. Once homes are made lead-safe, they can be considered to have a Lead Hazard Reduction designation and can be listed on the City of Omaha’s Lead Database (OLD).