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Indiana Department of Environmental Management

Community Environmental Health

IDEM Environmental Health > Protect Children at Home Protect Children at Home

Children are more vulnerable to the negative effects of environmental hazards such as lead in paint and water, pesticides, mercury, asbestos, and radon. Children are exposed to more pollutants in their food, water, and air because they eat, drink and breathe more per pound of body weight than adults. They are more vulnerable to the harmful effects of toxic chemicals because their bodily defense mechanisms are not fully formed. And research has shown that 90% of a child’s brain develops by age four. That’s why it’s essential to provide children with a safe, clean home environment.

Indiana has several resources for keeping your home healthy, including: