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Environmental Checklist for Your Neighborhood
Is your neighborhood 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.


Do you have an infant or preschool child who is or will be cared for OUTSIDE YOUR HOME?
yes

no


Does your day care use PESTICIDES?
yes

no


Has there been a problem with HEAD LICE in your day care?
yes

no


Does your day care apply INSECT REPELLENT to children when outdoors?
yes

no


Have your checked on the FIRE SAFETY of your day care?
yes

no


Does your day care use toxic CHEMICALS or CLEANERS?
yes

no


Is there an OUTDOOR play area at your child's school or day care?
yes

no


Have you checked on whether your day care meets HEALTH STANDARDS?
yes

no


Do you have a SCHOOL-AGE child?
yes

no


Is there a PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) or PTA (Parent Teacher Association) at your child's school?
yes

no


Does the PTO or PTA have a group that reviews ENVIRONMENTAL issues?
yes

no


Has the environment issues group at your school reviewed the potential environmental HAZARDS around the school?
yes

no


Has your school been INSPECTED for asbestos, lead paint, and lead in drinking water?
yes

no


Does your school have SCIENCE LABS?
yes

no


Does the school have written procedures about how to handle hazardous SPILLS?
yes

no


Have you lived in the same NEIGHBORHOOD all your life?
yes

no


Have you surveyed your neighborhood recently for environmental HAZARDS?
yes

no


Do you know what industrial CHEMICALS are released into your community?
yes

no


Do you know the source of your drinking water?
yes

no


Does your community use ROAD SALT for de-icing in the winter months?
yes

no


Do you belong to a community group that works on ENVIRONMENTAL issues?
yes

no


Has your community taken a stand against EXCESSIVE fertilizer or pesticide usage?
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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