Solutions in Toxics & Health

Taking precautionary steps to reduce the negative impacts of toxics

As the first city to adopt the Precautionary Principle, San Francisco strives to protect the health of its residents, visitors and the local environment. SF Environment develops programs and policies to help individuals and businesses make safer choices in products, practices and services.

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Read the ingredients list closely and check the Skin Deep or Good Guide databases.
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Use stainless steel or cast iron pans to avoid the risk of polymer fume fever.
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Sure. Just be sure to choose the right type of fish for your gender and age to avoid unsafe levels of mercury and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs).
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Wet cleaning is an environmentally friendly garment cleaning alternative to traditional dry cleaning.
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Maybe. Try to look for products that do not contain "fragrance," "perfumes," or "phthalates."
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Prevention, soapy water, and least-toxic baits are more effective than sprays or bug bombs.
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Seal out rats and mice, remove food and water sources, and use snap traps if needed.
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Avoid flame retardant chemicals by dusting, vacuuming, and washing your hands often.
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Keep a distance between your phone and your body to reduce exposure to radiofrequency energy.
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Store your food in stainless steel or glass containers reduce your exposure to Bisphenol A (BPA) and other toxic chemicals.

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