Why is this important?
Compared to adults, children are at greater risk of exposure to pesticides applied to lawns and gardens because they spend more time playing outside, are more likely to play at ground level, put their hands in their mouths more often and may not wash their hands consistently. Pesticides can “drift” from farm lands or golf courses to nearby properties. They can also be tracked indoors on shoes and stroller wheels.
What actions can we take?
- Outdoor spaces are not treated with pesticides.
- Ensure that children always wash their hands when returning inside and before eating to reduce exposure to contaminants they may have come in contact with outdoors.