Safer Practices

The how-to's of reducing toxic hazards
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Maintaining a healthy environment requires us to buy safer products and to use them more safely. Simply reducing the chemical products we use may be the easiest and most beneficial action we can take.



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Find safer, more effective ways to manage pests with advice from San Franciso’s award-winning Integrated Pest Management Program.

Reducing your exposure to cleaning chemicals can have a positive impact on you and your family: you can protect your health and the environment, save money and reduce waste. Most cleaning chemicals have not been tested for their health effects and clear evidence exists of the relationship between cleaning chemicals and negative health impacts. Read>
Healthy landscaping and gardening practices reduce our exposure to poisonous pesticides, foster soil health, and conserve water and other valuable resources while reducing waste and preventing pollution. Read>
Find out where to recycle your used motor oil and filters for FREE, as well as tips to save time and money while changing your oil.Read>
To protect the health of nail salon technicians and customers, San Francisco adopted legislation to create a recognition program to help nail salons implement safer practices and highlight them for their efforts. Read>
In response to concerns about the health effects of cell phone radiation, the City introduced the Cell Phone Right-to-Know Ordinance.Read>

Additional Information for Safer Practices

Pest management factsheets
from Our Water Our World
Bay Friendly Landscaping & Gardening Coalition
Landscape and landscaper certifications and checklists
Urban Agriculture Resources
for those who want to go beyond mere gardening
Water Conservation
from San Francisco Water Power Sewer
Stormwater protection
from San Francisco Water Power Sewer