Think your household is safe?
Well, the Oregon Environmental Council
wants to put your house's environmental safety to the test with its Eco-Healthy Homes Checkup Kit.
The kit, which the OEC released today for free, is a 24-page booklet that asks a series of questions analyzing your home's environmental problems, big or small, and then suggests customized ways to fix them.
The OEC warns that chemicals used every day in Oregon homes have been linked to cancer, reproductive disorders, brain disease, and asthma. In response to these dangers, the OEC's booklet walks people through each room in their houses or apartments and in 81 questions points out all air quality and chemical dangers that might harm average folks, pregnant women, children, or the elderly.
Questions on the OEC's checklist range from easy ones like, “Do you routinely remove shoes before entering the home?” to doozies such as, “Look for soft, squeezable “rubber ducky” PVC toys. Are all of them labeled ‘phthalate free?'”
The second part of the Checkup Kit
suggests steps people can take to improve their houses and the environment, like using soy-based insect repellent and keeping pets out of sleeping areas.
The guidebook is long but simply written and includes diagrams for some more difficult concepts. You can request a free copy online at the OEC's website here