Playing it Safe
Outdoor play and physical exercise are important aspects of every child's development, but it should not involve an exposure to toxic chemicals.
Pesticides commonly used to maintain turf have been associated with an increased risk of cancer, neurological impairment, birth defects, asthma and other serious illnesses. Children are particularly vulnerable to these impacts due to their rapidly developing physiology, their hand-to-mouth behavior and their immature elimination and detoxification systems.
Today there are a wide variety of lawn care products, techniques and training programs that can help you develop and maintain thick, lush, resilient turf without using chemical pesticides. In addition to being safer for young athletes, naturally-maintained fields tend to require less water, and are more resistant to drought and disease.
A ChildSafe School prohibits the use of toxic pesticides on school grounds.