October is
Children's Health Month
Tips to keep your family healthy and safe!
~	Protecting Children During The COVID-19
As part of efforts to safely reopen schools, EPA continues to work in close partnership with the
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), states, local governments, and tribes to pro-
vide up-to-date information to protect public health as school districts, private schools, and uni-
versities develop and implement COVID-19 re-entry plans for their students, staff, and parents.
Visit: https://www.epa.gov/children/protecting-childrens-health-october-2020-booklet
~	Prevent Poisoning
Store pesticides and other household chemicals where your children can't reach them, and
never put them in other containers that kids can mistake for food or drink.
Visit: www.epa.gov/safepestcontrol/reduce-your-childs-chances-pesticide-poisoning
~	Find Safer Choice Products
Find products that meet the Safer Choice criteria for children, school staff, and the environment.
When you see a product with the Safer Choice label, it means that every ingredient in the prod-
uct has been evaluated by EPA scientists.
Visit: www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2016-10/documents/saferchoice-fact-
~	Get Your Child Tested for Lead
Have your child tested for lead by your health care provider or your local health department.
Visit: www.epa.gov/lead/protect-your-family-exposures-lead#protect
~	Protect Children from Lead-Based Paint
If you live in a home built before 1978, use certified renovators who are trained by EPA-approved
training providers and follow lead-safe work practices.
Visit: www.epa.gov/lead/lead-renovation-repair-and-painting-program
~	Reduce Risks from Lead in Drinking Water
Run water until it becomes cold. Use only cold water for drinking, cooking, and making formula.
Visit: www.epa.gov/ground-water-and-drinking-water/basic--infornia-
Test drinking water in schools and child care centers to identify potential lead problems.
Visit: www.epa.gov/safewater/3Ts
~	Protect Children from Lead in Soil
Lead in soil can be ingested as a result of hand-to-mouth activity that is common for young
children—remember to wash your child's hands after they come in from playing outside.
Visit: www.epa.gov/lead/protect-your-family-exposures-lead#soil
~	Eliminate Asthma Triggers
Learn what triggers your child's asthma. Common triggers are cockroaches, pet dander, dust
mites, mold, and secondhand smoke. Work with a health professional to develop an asthma
action plan.
Visit: www.epa.gov/asthma
~	Don't Smoke Around Children
Until you quit, choose to smoke outside. Do not smoke in your home or car and do not allow
family and visitors to do so.
Visit: www.epa.gov/indoor-air-quality-iaq/secondhand-smoke-and-smoke-free-homes
~	Keep Your Home Pest-Free
Pests need food, water, and shelter just like we do. To keep pests in check, get rid of clutter,
empty garbage cans often, fix leaks, and keep food in tightly sealed containers.
Visit: www.epa.gov/safepestcontrol/integrated-pest-management-ipm-principles
~	Protect Children from Mold
The key to mold control is moisture control. If moid is a problem in your home or school, clean
up the mold and get rid of the excess water or moisture. Fix leaky plumbing or other sources of
Visit: www.epa.gov/mold
~	Protect Your Children from Carbon Monoxide
Have a trained professional inspect, clean, and tune up your central heating system—furnaces,
flues, and chimneys—annually.
Visit: www.epa.gov/indoor-air-quality-iaq/carbon-monoxides-impact-indoor-air-quality
~	Test Your Home for Radon
Radon is a cancer-causing natural radioactive gas that you can't see, smell, or taste. Test your
home or school for radon. EPA recommends you fix your home if the radon level is 4 pCi/L
Visit: www.epa.gov/radon
~	Reduce Mercury Exposure
Replace mercury thermometers with digital thermometers. If you break a mercury thermometer,
keep children away, and follow clean-up instructions.
Visit: www.epa.gov/mercury/what-do-if-mercury-thermometer-breaks
~	Eat Your Fruits and Vegetables Safely
Wash and scrub fruits and vegetables under cold running water.
Visit: www.epa.gov/safepestcontrol/pesticides-and-food-healthy-sensible-food-practices
~	Reduce Exposure to Air Pollution
Find out when outdoor air pollution is high in your area at wwvy.AIRNow.gov. from newspapers,
TV, radio stations. Limit outside activities when the Air Quality Index rises to unhealthy levels.
Visit: www.airnow.gov
~	Spend Time Outdoors
Go on a walk, hike, bike ride, garden, spend time at the beach, etc. Find a new favorite outdoor
activity for your family to enjoy. Learn more about what you can do to be safe outdoors.
Visit: https://www.neefusa.org/resource/using-nature-and-outdoor-activity-im-
~	Stay Safe from the Sun
Stay safe from the sun by generously applying sunscreen to children over six months and
dressing all children in protective clothing (wide-brimmed hats, long-sleeved shirts, pants, and
sunglasses). Check the ultraviolet (UV) index and limit time outdoors when the UV index is high
and during the midday sun (between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.).
Visit: www.epa.gov/sunsafety/action-steps-sun-safety
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