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Lead can be found in water and soil as well as lead paint.
Less common sources of lead exposure include:
Lead gets into water from lead pipes, lead solder, and some brass faucets. You cannot see, taste, or smell lead in water. Boiling will not reduce the amount it either. You can have your water tested to find out if it has lead in it.
Lead can often be found in the soil of old painted buildings. It's also found near roads and in vacant lots where an old building once stood. You can have your soil tested to find out if it has lead in it.
To have your soil tested, call the University of Massachusetts at Amherst at (413) 545-2311.
The primary concern with any electrical lights is young children playing with or mouthing the wires of them. We recommend parents watch their children at play to ensure that they do not mouth these or other wires.
If you see a label on Christmas tree or other lights that warns about lead content, know that California law requires these labels for items sold in California. This is a result of California Proposition 65. This labeling law requires consumer products sold in California to notify consumers of the presence of a wide range of environmental contaminants in the product.
Water samples are often tested for both copper and lead. See our additional resources for copper and health.