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Toxics Cleanup Program

Healthy Actions - Protect your family from soil contamination
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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.