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Toxics Cleanup Program

Healthy Actions - Protect your family from soil contamination "En Espanol" icon

Healthy Actions are simple things you and your family can do to decrease contact with dirt that may have arsenic, lead, or other harmful chemicals.

Photo:  Washing hands

Wash hands well before eating and after working or playing in the dirt.  Use plenty of soap and water.

Photo:  dirty boots left at the doorway.

Leave your shoes at the door or use a “wipe-off” map to reduce dirt and dust that gets into your home.  Provide a shoe rack or area for shoes at your door.

Photo:  Mop - damp dusting the floor. 

Damp-dusting and vacuuming at least once a week decreases the amount of dust and dirt in your home.  Always use a damp-mop or a damp-cloth when you dust.

Photo:  Child with toy in his mouth.

Wash children’s toys, bedding, and pacifiers frequently.

Photo: Washing an apple.

Wash fruits and vegetables to make sure all dirt and dust are removed.  Use a scrub brush on potatoes, squash, carrots, etc.

Photo:  Raised garden beds.

Grow your produce in raised beds made with arsenic-free materials.  Always wear shoes and gloves when gardening or working in the soil and take them off before coming into your home.

Photo:  Washing the dog.

Wipe off dirt and mud before your pet comes into your home.  Brush and bathe your pet regularly.

Photo:  Vegetables.

Eat a diet rich in iron, calcium, and vitamin C to decrease absorption of lead.  Include foods like broccoli, spinach, potatoes, dairy products, and citrus fruits.