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Arsenic and Lead in the Soil: Protect Your Family

Learn about arsenic and lead in the soil in the path of the Tacoma Smelter Plume and its risks to human health. Included is a list of Healthy Actions that you and your family can do to reduce contact with arsenic and lead in dirt including:

  • Also available in Spanish
  • Kicking off shoes
  • Using plenty of soap and water
  • Keeping pets clean
  • Mopping, dusting and vacuuming
  • Maintaining home and yard
  • Eating a healthy diet
  • Washing fruits and vegetables
Safe landscaping and gardening around arsenic and lead in soil

Arsenic and Lead in the Soil: Landscaping and Gardening

Reduce your contact with arsenic and lead in dirt:

  • Also available in Spanish
  • Grow produce in raised beds
  • Wash and peel fruits and vegetables
  • Cover bare patches of soil
  • Remove and replace soil
  • Take healthy actions while working in your yard

Healthy Gardening in King County

Gardening in soil contaminated with metals is unlikely to cause sudden illness. However, if exposure occurs over many years, metals may build up in the body and cause harm. You can reduce the chance that you may become ill from long-term exposure by taking the precautions listed in this brochure.

Be Alert in the Dirt: Lesson Plans

The lesson plans are designed for child care providers, preschool teachers and elementary school teachers. The preschool lessons are short (30 minutes or less) and designed for children ages 2-5. There are four lessons for each age group including:

  • Dirt exploration – what’s in our dirt?
  • Hand-washing – fun and educational!
  • Nutrition – healthy eating helps protect us against soil pollution!
  • Soil safety actions – music and movement featuring a Dirt Alert music video starring Tickle Tune Typhoon and Digger the Dog.

Soil Safety Guidelines to reduce your risk from contaminated soil

Available in the following languages: