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How can I protect my child from pesticide on lawns?

Lawns can be a major source of pesticide exposure. Preventing children from playing on lawns where pesticides have been applied will greatly reduce their exposure to these potentially dangerous chemicals.
  • Look for signs. Multiple states, including New York and Connecticut, have enacted policies requiring the posting of signs indicating that pesticides have been used. Keeping children out of areas where pesticides have been freshly applied will limit their exposure to the hazardous chemicals.
  • Alter your own lawn care. There are ways to achieve a healthy, green lawn without the use of pesticides. Some effective methods of healthy lawn care include setting your lawn mower blade to its highest setting, leaving the grass clippings on your lawn, and planting grass known to grow natively in your area.

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