If using rain barrels under downspouts to collect rain water for your garden, use a lid, mesh fabric, or several drops of baby oil on the surface of the water to prevent mosquitoes from breeding.
Your family doctor or pediatrician can perform a blood test for lead and provide you with information about the health effects of lead.
State and local government agencies that can be contacted include:
(617-242-5323 or www.mwra.com)
For information about your community's water supply, and a list of local laboratories that have been certified by DEP for testing water quality.
(1-800-532-9571 or www.mass.gov/dph/)
For information about the health effects of lead and how you can have your child's blood tested.
(800-424-LEAD or www.epa.gov/lead)
For information about where lead is found and how to protect your family.
For additional information about lead in drinking water.