Healthy Homes & Healthy Families
Everyone needs a healthy home. But there are special reasons to think about children:
• Children’s bodies are still growing. Their young brains, livers, and other organs are more likely to be harmed by chemicals and other dangers than those of adults. If children get sick, it may be harder for them to get well because their immune systems are still developing.
• For their size, children eat more food, drink more water, and breathe more air than adults do. When they get lead in their bodies or breathe in harmful gases, they get a bigger dose than adults would.
• Children play and crawl on the ground. That means they are closer to many things that might cause health problems, like dust and chemicals. Babies and young children also put most everything in their mouths—things that might have chemicals or lead dust on them.
Keeping your home clean is always a good thing, but sometimes the chemicals used to clean around the home are harmful and toxic. Household chemicals and cleaning products are dangerous for your children and precautions need to be taken to ensure they stay safe.