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Protecting children from threats

Children face potential environmental threats everyday in their homes, schools, and playgrounds. They are particularly vulnerable to pollutants and toxins.

Protecting children from threats

  • Don't smoke or let others smoke in your home or car. Keep your home as clean as possible. Dust, mold, certain household pests, can trigger asthma attacks and allergies.

  • Protect children from lead poisoning and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. Keep pesticides and other toxic chemicals away from children.

  • Wash children's hands before they eat and often wash their toys and bottles. Wash floors and window sills to protect kids from dust and peeling paint contaminated with lead - especially in older homes.

  • Put food and trash away in closed containers to keep pests from coming into your home.

  • Protect children from too much sun. Have them wear hats, and protective clothing. Keep them out of the mid-day sun.

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