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Protect Your Family from Lead Poisoning

Lead can cause learning and behavior problems in children. Learn steps you can take to protect your family from lead poisoning.

Review Date: December 11, 2011

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Carbon Monoxide Questions and Answers

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a deadly, colorless, odorless, poisonous gas. This page provides information on what the symptoms of CO poisoning are, how CO is produced, what one should do to prevent CO poisoning, and more.

Review Date: October 29, 2012

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Climate Change: Frequently Asked Questions

When did climate change start? What is a carbon footprint? Search the frequent questions for immediate answers to the most common questions asked by others, or send a question to the climate change staff.

Review Date: November 01, 2012

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

EPA Hotlines

Find a list of environmental health hotlines and clearinghouses.

Review Date: October 07, 2014

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

FAQ - Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Tools for Schools

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) responds to questions about indoor air quality (IAQ) in schools and provides the IAQ Tools for Schools Action Kit.

Review Date: January 26, 2012

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Air Quality Index (AQI) - A Guide to Air Quality and Your Health

The Air Quality Index (AQI) is an index for reporting daily air quality. It tells you how clean or polluted your air is, and what associated health effects might be a concern for you.

Review Date: March 23, 2011

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Air Quality Index for Kids

Kids can learn about the Air Quality Index (AQI) and what the air quality means to your health. Learn what to do to when pollution levels are high.

Review Date: March 21, 2011

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

AirNow: Local Air Quality Conditions and Forecasts

AIRNow provides the public with easy access to national air quality information. Find daily Air Quality Index (AQI) forecasts and conditions in your area.

Review Date: March 21, 2011

Office of Air and Radiation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

An Introduction to Indoor Air Quality

This health information page provides facts about the causes of indoor air pollution and the health problems associated with it.

Review Date: January 26, 2012

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Asbestos Exposure and Cancer Risk

A fact sheet about asbestos, asbestos-related diseases, and information on how workers can protect themselves from asbestos exposure.

Review Date: January 10, 2013

NIH National Cancer Institute

Basic Information about Used Oil

Oil keeps our cars, lawnmowers, and many other machines running smoothly. Recycling used oil is becoming the preferred way of handling used oil to protect the environment and conserve natural resources.

Review Date: December 05, 2012

Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery

Cancer: Inside and Outside Factors

Learn about the connection between cancer and exposure to toxic substances in the environment and ways to reduce the risk of developing cancer.

Review Date: January 11, 2013

NIH National Cancer Institute

Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless and toxic gas. Because it is impossible to see, taste or smell the toxic fumes, CO can kill you before you are aware it is in your home. Find steps to reduce exposure to carbon monoxide.

Review Date: October 29, 2012

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Chemical Sensitivities

Chemical and other environmental sensitivities may be the cause of adverse health effects that are difficult to identify. This document reviews four types of chemical sensitivities and the impact pollution may have on your health.

Review Date: January 11, 2013

Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America

Climate Change - What You Can Do to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Greenhouse gas emissions can be reduced through simple measures like changing light bulbs and properly inflating your tires. This site provides over 25 easy steps you can take to not only reduce your greenhouse gas emissions, but also reduce air pollution, increase the nation's energy independence and save money.

Review Date: November 01, 2012

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Climate Change and the Health of Children

Find out how the changing climate may affect children’s health.

Review Date: November 01, 2012

Office of Children’s Health Protection, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Climate Change Kids Site

This site teaches kids about climate change and how rising temperatures on Earth, or global warming, may affect people's health. Quizzes and games help kids learn what they can do to improve the environment.

Review Date: November 01, 2012

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Dioxins and Their Effects on Human Health

Dioxins concern us because of their highly toxic potential. In the environment, dioxins tend to accumulate in the food chain. Learn how you can reduce the risk of exposure to dioxin compounds.

Review Date: January 11, 2013

World Health Organization

EnviroMapper

This interactive web site allows users to view and query several types of environmental information, including drinking water, toxic and air releases, hazardous waste, water discharge permits, and Superfund sites. EnviroMapper also links to text reports.

Review Date: January 11, 2013

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Environmental Health Science Education: Online Activities

Links to interactive websites that explain how the environment can affect human health.

Review Date: May 22, 2012

NIH National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences - NIEHS

Environmental Health Videos

Watch these brief on-line health videos to learn about how your environment directly effects your health.

Review Date: October 13, 2012

NIH National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences - NIEHS

EPA Mobile Applications

Find links to mobile apps on environmental health issues, including: air quality, Energy Star rebates, insect repellants, UV radiation levels, waste reduction, recycling, and more.

Review Date: January 11, 2013

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

EPA: Quizzes and Games for Kids

Find quizzes and games on environmental topics such as household chemicals, UV radiation, recycling, water conservation, and more.

Review Date: November 01, 2012

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Formaldehyde: ToxFAQs

Everyone is exposed to small amounts of formaldehyde in air and some foods and products. Learn how formaldehyde can harm your health.

Review Date: January 11, 2013

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry Information Center, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Healthy Air

Air pollution poses a serious threat to our nation's health. Learn more about how polluted air can make you sick and what you can do to protect your health when outdoors or at home, school, and work.

Review Date: October 31, 2014

American Lung Association

Healthy Homes: State Programs

CDC’s Healthy Homes Program is a coordinated, comprehensive, and holistic approach to preventing diseases and injuries that result from housing-related hazards and deficiencies. Find out if your state has funded healthy homes programs.

Review Date: March 01, 2012

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Kids' Pages - National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)

Kids can learn about the environment through games, puzzles, coloring book, and much more.

Review Date: March 27, 2013

NIH National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences - NIEHS

Kids: Learn About Chemicals Around Your House

Play this game and learn more about pesticides and other chemicals around the home.

Review Date: March 27, 2013

Office of Pesticide Programs, OCSPP, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Mercury Releases and Spills

Learn how to safely store and handle products that contain mercury. Find tips for cleaning up mercury spills and disposing of products containing mercury.

Review Date: October 13, 2012

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

National Park Service Public Health Program

Find information regarding public health issues and actions taken to protect the health of visitors and employees at over 400 sites within the National Park Service (NPS) system.

Review Date: January 09, 2012

National Park Service

Needles and Other Sharps (Safe Disposal Outside of Health Care Settings)

Read these tips for safely disposing (getting rid of) needles and other sharp devices that are used outside of health care settings. Patients and caregivers should keep these tips in mind when at home, at work, and while traveling.

Review Date: December 05, 2012

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Ozone, Air Quality, and Asthma

Ground-level ozone and other air pollutants can trigger worsening symptoms and asthma flare-ups. But there are steps that you can take to minimize a child's exposure.

Review Date: October 30, 2014

The Nemours Foundation

Planet Protectors Club for Kids

Kids are encouraged to join the "planet protectors club" and help protect their environment. Find educational games, activities, art and stories to educate children about proper solid waste management.

Review Date: December 05, 2012

Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery

Protect the Environment: At Home and in the Garden

Here are some simple tips for home safety, avoiding potential risks, and preventing pollution by recycling and conserving water and energy.

Review Date: December 04, 2012

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Reducing Acid Rain

Acid rain is a serious environmental problem caused by a mixture of wet and dry deposition (deposited material) from the atmosphere that contains higher than normal amounts of nitric and sulfuric acids. This site provides information about acid rain's causes and effects.

Review Date: May 22, 2012

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Renovate Right- (PDF)

Read this important lead hazard information for families, child care providers and schools.

Review Date: October 29, 2012

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Report an Environmental Violation

Help the EPA protect our nation's environment by reporting potentially harmful environmental activities in your community or workplace.

Review Date: October 31, 2014

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Report Spills and Environmental Violations

This page provides links to information on reporting environmental violations and emergencies, such as a release or potential release of oil, radioactive materials, or hazardous chemicals into the air, land, or water.

Review Date: October 07, 2014

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Safe Needle Disposal by State

Improper management of discarded needles and other sharps can pose a public health risk. Find safe disposal options in your state.

Review Date: January 11, 2013

Coalition for Safe Community Needle Disposal

State of the Air Quiz

How much do you know about air pollution? Test your knowledge with this Quiz.

Review Date: December 28, 2012

American Lung Association

Test Your Air Pollution I.Q.

Test your knowledge of air pollution and respiratory health. Answer true or false to the statements and find out what you know about the link between air pollution and respiratory disease.

Review Date: December 28, 2012

American Association for Respiratory Care

Tox Town: Environmental Health Concerns and Toxic Chemicals Where You Live, Work, and Play

An introduction to toxic chemicals and environmental health risks you might encounter in everyday life, in everyday places.

Review Date: January 11, 2013

NIH National Library of Medicine - NLM

Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) Program

TRI is a database containing data on disposal or other releases of over 650 toxic chemicals from thousands of U.S. facilities and information about how facilities manage those chemicals. For information about TRI chemical releases in your neighborhood, enter your zip code.

Review Date: October 07, 2014

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Wastes - What You Can Do

Find out what you can do to help make a difference in our environment throughout the year by reducing, reusing, and recycling at home, on the go, in the office, or at school.

Review Date: December 05, 2012

Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery