Tips to Protect Your Children From Environmental Health Hazards

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Help children breathe easier

bulletDon’t smoke or let others smoke near your kids. bulletKeep your home and pets as clean as possible. Dust, mold, certain insects, and pet dander can trigger asthma attacks and allergies. bulletLimit outdoor activity when air pollution is bad such as ozone alert days. horizontal rule

Protect children from lead poisoning
bulletWash children’s hands before eating and wash bottles, pacifiers, and toys often. bulletWash floors and window sills to protect kids from dust and peeling paint contaminated with lead - especially in older homes. bulletRun the cold water for 30 seconds to flush lead from pipes. bulletGet kids tested for lead - check with your doctor. horizontal rule

Protect children from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning
bulletHave fuel-burning appliances, furnace flues and chimneys checked once a year. bulletNever use gas ovens or burners for heat and never use barbecues indoors. bulletNever sleep in rooms with unvented gas or kerosene space heaters. bulletDon't idle cars or lawn mowers in the garage. bulletInstall a UL approved CO detector in sleeping areas.horizontal rule

Keep pesticides and other toxic chemicals away from children

bulletPut food and trash away in closed containers to keep pests from coming into your home. bulletDon’t use pesticides if you don’t have to - look for alternatives. bulletRead product labels and follow directions. bulletUse bait & traps instead of bug sprays when you can and put where kids can’t get them. bulletStore where kids can’t reach them and never put in other containers that kids can mistake for food or drink. bulletKeep children, toys & pets away when using pesticides and don’t let them play in fields, orchards and gardens after pesticides have been used. bulletWash fruits and vegetables under running water before eating. horizontal rule

Protect children from too much sun
bulletHave them wear hats, sunglasses, and protective clothing. bulletUse sunscreen on kids over 6 months and keep infants out of the sun. bulletKeep them out of the mid-day sun - the sun is most intense between 10 and 4.  horizontal rule

Safeguard them from high levels of radon

bulletTest your home for radon with a home test kit.bulletCall your state radon office if radon level is 4 pCi/L or higher.
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