Help Protect Children from Environmental Risks
October is Children’s Health Month. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), when food, water or air is polluted, children are more affected by that pollution than adults. Children eat, drink and breathe more per pound than adults. Also, their bodies are still developing and their behavior can expose them more to chemicals and organisms.
Viewer Tip: Spending more time inside during the cooler fall and winter months means increased exposure to indoor hazards. You can help protect the children in your home, school and community from environmental health hazards in their surrounding daily environment.
- Have a health care provider or local health department test children’s blood lead levels.
- Wash floors and window sills to remove dust and peeling lead-based paint, especially in older homes. Repair peeling or chipping paint in older homes.
- Reduce asthma attacks by controlling triggers such as pet dander, mold and second-hand smoke.
- Avoid exposing children to cigarette, cigar or pipe smoke at home or in a car.
- Store pesticides and other chemicals in a locked cabinet. Never put them in other containers that can be mistaken for food or drink.
- Have your home tested for radon, as it is the second leading cause of lung cancer.
EPA offers additional tips for Children’s Health Month: http://yosemite.epa.gov/ochp/ochpweb.nsf/content/calendar.htm.
(Source: Environmental Protection Agency. Children’s Health Month 2009: http://yosemite.epa.gov/ochp/ochpWeb.nsf/content/chm2009.htm.)