- Contact your local Parks and Recreation department and ask some probing questions. Find out if any wooden equipment was treated with CCA. Urge your local parks and rec. department to begin implementing Integrated Pest Management which is safer and just as effective as using traditional pesticides. Make some noise, if you are up for it, and even in these tough economic times you will help to make your local parks and playgrounds safer for everyone in your community. If you are not up for this type of green community activism, no worries. Find safe parks in other areas and share this information with your friends.
- If your kids get a "turf burn" while playing, be sure to treat and monitor it.
- Last, but certainly not least, wash your kid's hands at an actual sink after playing. Hand sanitizers are great for on the go, but they really only serve to kill bacteria and not to remove the dirt and dust that can harbor toxic chemicals. Keep those hands out of the mouth until they are clean and make a trip to the park restroom before you lay out your picnic spread.
Now get outside and play with your kids, grandkids, nieces and nephews because we could all use a little green today!
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