You have a smoke alarm and a fire extinguisher. You've got a first aid kit and flashlight. You might even have double-locks on the doors and an alarm system. By traditional accounts your home is safe. Or is it?
Your home may not be as safe as you think, particularly from exposure to toxic chemicals. But it can be. Here are tips to get you started towards a healthier home.
Use homemade cleaners, look for third party-certified products, and choose mist spray bottles over aerosol spray cans. More >
Regular soap is just as effective at reducing germs as antibacterial soap, and it’s healthier for you and the environment. More >
Store your food in stainless steel or glass containers to reduce your exposure to Bisphenol A (BPA) and other toxic chemicals. More >
Keep a distance between your phone and your body to reduce exposure to radiofrequency energy. More >
Avoid flame retardant chemicals by dusting, vacuuming, and washing your hands often. More >
Seal out rats and mice, remove food and water sources, and use snap traps if needed. More >
Prevention and soapy water are more effective than sprays at controlling insect pests. More >
Try to look for products that do not contain "fragrance," "perfumes," or "phthalates." More >
Wet cleaning is an environmentally friendly garment cleaning alternative to traditional dry cleaning. More >
Choose the right type of fish for your gender and age to avoid unsafe levels of mercury and polychlorinated biphenyl (PCBs). More >
The chemicals used to manufacture non-stick coatings harm human health and the environment. More >
Read the ingredients list closely and check the Skin Deep or Good Guide databases. More >
The paint you use might have an undesirable effect on your health. More >
A 2019 study by Healthy Babies Bright Futures, found that 95% of the 170 rice food snacks marketed for babies contained heavy metals, including arsenic. More >
Haircare products can contain toxic chemicals and ingredients harmful to your health. More >
Tip #16: How can I avoid toxic pet products?
Pet products can pose a threat to human and pet health. More >
The Precautionary Principle
San Francisco is the first US city to adopt the Precautionary Principle. SF Environment’s toxics and health programs are based on some of the Precautionary Principle’s fundamental guidelines: it’s better to be safe than sorry; let’s prove something is safe rather than assume it’s harmless; and let’s be cautious when something may be harmful even if it isn’t proven yet. That’s why SF Environment is working to make every home safer.
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