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Environmental Checklist for Your Home
Is your home environmentally safe? Find out by reviewing this checklist.

Note, this checklist is just a beginning. We hope it helps you recognize the kinds of questions that parents need to ask. For complete explanations about potential chemical hazards, and solutions for keeping your kids safe and healthy, please refer to the source, RAISING HEALTHY CHILDREN IN A TOXIC WORLD: 101 SMART SOLUTIONS FOR EVERY FAMILY.


How OLD is your house?
built before 1970

built after 1970


Is there chipping or peeling PAINT in your house?
yes

no


Do the WINDOW WELLS have solid material?
yes

no


Is the PLUMBING more than 40 years old?
yes

no


Is the plumbing less than five years old?
yes

no


Do you have LEAD PIPES?
yes

no


Has your water been tested for lead?
yes

no


Do you have a BASEMENT?
yes

no


Are the basement PIPES insulated?
yes

no


Are any CEILINGS covered with sprayed-on or troweled-on material?
yes

no


Are there SLEEPING or PLAYING areas in the basement?
yes

no


Are there CRACKS in the basement floor or walls or GAPS between the basement ceilings and walls?
yes

no


Do you have one or more working FIREPLACES? Does SMOKE enter the room when you use the fireplace?
yes

no


If you have a WOOD-BURNING STOVE in your home, is it properly vented?
yes

no


Do you have STORM WINDOWS?
yes

no


Do you have a GAS STOVE?
yes

no


Does your gas stove have a PILOT LIGHT?
yes

no


Do you use your gas stove for HEAT?
yes

no


Do you use KEROSENE space heaters?
yes

no


Do you use a gas CLOTHES DRYER?
yes

no


Do you have forced HOT-AIR heat?
yes

no


Do you have an electronic AIR CLEANER?
yes

no


Do you have a furnace HUMIDFIER?
yes

no


Is your home INSULATED?
yes

no


Has your house ever been treated for TERMITES?
yes

no


Do you know what PESTICIDE was used during the termite treatment?
yes

no


Do you use PESTICIDES on your lawn or garden?
yes

no


Do you use a commercial LAWN SERVICE?
yes

no


Do you STORE pesticides in the house?
yes

no


Do you DISPOSE of unused or leftover pesticides at a hazardous waste facility?
yes

no


Do you keep old PRESCRIPTION DRUGS in the medicine cabinet?
yes

no


Do you keep MOTOR OIL or GASOLINE in the house or garage?
yes

no


Do you keep SOLVENTS such as alcohol, toluene, dry-cleaning fluids, or degreasing solvents in the house?
yes

no


Does anyone in your house SMOKE?
yes

no


Does anyone in your house MAKE stained glass, pottery, jewelry, or fishing weights?
yes

no


Does anyone REFINISH furniture at your home?
yes

no


Do you use any of the following PRODUCTS: toilet-bowl cleaners, room deodorizers, polishes, varnishes, or paint thinners?
yes

no

This checklist was excerpted from RAISING HEALTHY CHILDREN IN A TOXIC WORLD: 101 SMART SOLUTIONS FOR EVERY FAMILY by Philip J. Landrigan, M.D., Herbert L. Needleman, M.D., and Mary Landrigan, M.P.A. For more information and to obtain a copy of the book please visit shoppbs.org.



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