Keep chil­dren safe dur­ing your home im­prove­ments

The Covington News - - Newton At Home -

It is im­por­tant to pay at­ten­tion to your chil­dren’s wel­fare when you be­gin home im­prove­ment projects.

Th­ese sim­ple steps, cour­tesy of the En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency can help you save chil­dren from en­vi­ron­men­tal haz­ards in and around the home.

• Al­ways store pes­ti­cides and other house­hold chem­i­cals, in­clud­ing chlo­rine bleach, out of chil­dren’s reach— prefer­ably in a locked cab­i­net.

• Al­ways read di­rec­tions care­fully be­cause pes­ti­cide prod­ucts, house­hold clean­ing prod­ucts, and pet prod­ucts can be danger­ous or in­ef­fec­tive if too much or too lit­tle is used.

• Be­fore ap­ply­ing house­hold chem­i­cals, re­move chil­dren and their toys, as well as pets, from the area. Keep chil­dren and pets away un­til the sub­stance has dried or as long as is rec­om­mended on the la­bel.

• If your use of pes­ti­cide or other house­hold chem­i­cal is in­ter­rupted (by a phone call or a knock at the door), prop­erly re­close the con­tainer and re­move it from chil­dren’s reach. Al­ways use house­hold prod­ucts in child-re­sis­tant packaging.

• Never trans­fer pes­ti­cides to other con­tain­ers that chil­dren may as­so­ciate with food or drink (like an empty juice con­tainer), and never place ro­dent or in­sect baits where small chil­dren can get to them.

• Wash chil­dren’s hands, bot­tles, paci­fiers and toys of­ten, and reg­u­larly clean floors, win­dow sills and other sur­faces to re­duce po­ten­tial ex­po­sure to harm­ful con­tam­i­nants.

• Get your child tested for lead as a safe­guard.

• In­quire about lead haz­ards. When buy­ing or rent­ing a home or apart­ment built be­fore 1978, the seller or land­lord is now re­quired to dis­close known lead haz­ards.

• Keep power tools and other tools away from cu­ri­ous hands. Don’t al­low chil­dren to play with tools.

• In­haled dust and de­bris can be as haz­ardous as some chem­i­cals, es­pe­cially for young, de­vel­op­ing chil­dren. Al­ways keep chil­dren away from dusty ar­eas, like where sand­ing is oc­cur­ring. Use plas­tic to pre­vent dust from trav­el­ing to other rooms of the home.

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