What is lead poisoning?
Lead is a heavy metal. Exposure to lead can affect children’s short-term and long-term health and development. When there is too much lead in the body, it is called lead poisoning.
Lead can be found in many different places:
- Paint: In Boston, lead is most commonly found in the paint of homes built before 1978.
- Water service lines: Lead can also be found in the service line that connects your home to the Boston Water and Sewer Commission network. Per BWSC, Boston’s water is safe, but lead may be present because of corrosion of your home’s lead service line. Click here to see whether you have a lead service line at your home.
- Consumer products: Consumer products like toys, toy jewelry, and folk medicines can contain lead.
- Soil: Soil can contain lead, too, especially if the buildings nearby are painted with lead paint.
Children and lead
What you need to know about lead, as well as services and supports available if your child has been exposed to lead.
What you need to know about doing your work safely, including lead-safe renovation practices.
For Property Owners
What you need to know about the Massachusetts Lead Law and deleading practices, including moderate risk deleading.