In Massachusetts, nearly 6 million people share 5 million acres with native wildlife. As residents and visitors enjoy the outdoors, it is inevitable that there will be unexpected encounters between people and wildlife. Learn what to do and how to prevent potential conflict to keep individuals, families, and pets safe.
Find out how you can get involved to help preserve our beaches and keep our coastline clean.
Lead is a toxic metal that can come from a number of materials found in and around our homes, including old paint and contaminated soil. If you have lead pipes, or brass or chrome-plated brass faucets and fixtures, it can enter your drinking water via the plumbing. Lead exposure frequently occurs without any symptoms, and can cause behavioral problems, learning disabilities, seizures and death. Children six years old and younger are most at risk.
The state offers information about lead and removing it from your home, including:
- Finding an Inspector, Private Risk Assessor, or De-leader
- De-leading you can do on your own (Low-risk, moderate-risk, and encapsulation)
- Financial Assistance for De-leading
- Information on Interim Control (correcting urgent lead hazards)
- How to choose an Inspector or De-leader
- A database of lead inspections for Massachusetts homes
- Answers to Frequently Asked Questions