Outdoor play areas
Simples steps can protect your child from common soil contaminants like lead and arsenic. Grassy play areas are great for keeping children out of polluted soil. Bushes planted around pre-1986 homes with lead paint help children steer clear of lead-polluted soil near the foundation. Tests for arsenic in soil help you find soil "hot spots" near old (pre-2004) wooden decks and playsets infused with arsenic pesticides that are no longer sold. (Click here for soil testing lab's contact info.)
Many yards and parks have soil "hot spots" of lead and arsenic, from the long-time use of products banned ten to thirty years ago -- arsenic pesticides, lead paint, and lead spewed from auto exhaust. Soil sticks to children’s hands, and ends up in their mouths. Avoid bare soil play areas if you can, and wash children's hands even more often than usual if you can't.