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EPA Highlights Children's Health

EPA Highlights Children's Health

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency would like to help raise awareness of how the environment can affect children's health. Pound for pound children breath more air, drink more water, and consumer more food than adults. As such, children are at greater risk. There are many things that you can do to protect children at home and at school. Here are some suggestions:
* Protect children from lead-based paint hazards by cleaning floors, windowsills, and other surfaces where kids play at least once a week using a cloth, warm water, and detergent. Wash children's hands, pacifiers, bottles and toys often, especially before meals, bed, or nap time.
* Reduce asthma triggers by removing dust mold, pet dander, and secondhand smoke from your home.
* Don't smoke or allow others to smoke in your home or car.
* Limit outdoor activity on Ozone Alert days, as ground level ozone can produce nausea, coughing, congestion, and aggravate asthma and bronchitis.
* Have your home tested for radon, an odorless, colorless gas that can lead to lung cancer.
* Keep anti-freeze and household cleaners out of the reach of children.
* Don't let cars, motorcycles and lawnmowers idle. Idling engines contribute needless pollution.
* Encourage your school to join EPA's Clean Bus USA program to reduce exposure to harmful diesel emissions.
* Install carbon monoxide (CO) detectors in your home.
* Prevent mold by promptly fixing plumbing and other water problems.
For more information on Clean School Bus USA go to: www.epa.gov/cleanschoolbus/antiidling.htm
For more information on lead-based paint hazards go to: www.epa.gov/lead
For more information on asthma go to: www.epa.gov/iaq/asthma/index.html

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