Lead poisoning is a serious medical problem that each year affects hundreds of young children in Massachusetts because the house or apartment they live in contains dangerous levels of lead paint. Even a small amount can poison a child and can cause behavior, learning and/or physical problems that can require medical treatment or special education assistance. In addition, lead in the body of a pregnant woman can hurt her baby before birth and cause problems with the pregnancy.
This chapter will tell you about:
- The dangers of lead poisoning,
- How you can find out if there is lead in your home or apartment,
- What to do if there is lead, and
- What protections the law provides for you and your children.