Target: Alameda and Monterey County Child Care Planning Councils
Goal: Ensure that California guidelines are followed in Alameda and Monterey county daycares
A recent study of Alameda and Monterey county day care centers found dangerously high levels of formaldehyde in some of the centers. The study, funded by the California Air Resources Board, found that almost 88 percent of the centers had formaldehyde levels above the state’s guideline for safe exposure.
Formaldehyde is listed as a respiratory irritant and carcinogen in the state of California. Young children are especially vulnerable to chemicals. Prolonged exposure can lead to asthma and increased risk of cancer. Since many of the children enrolled in daycare spend up to 10 hours a day, five days a week, in the centers, it’s vitally important that they meet or exceed health standards.
Formaldehyde is commonly found in glues used to make laminated or pressboard furniture. It can also be found in paint and gas burning stoves. Formaldehyde can also form when certain types of cleaning and sanitizing products interact with ozone and other compounds in the air. These products are common in daycares, and can lead to accidental exposure.
Daycare centers can take steps to ensure that their centers meet health standards. Furniture that doesn’t use formaldehyde is often labeled as meeting health standards. Using non-toxic cleaning products would also greatly reduce exposure. Even simple changes, like ensuring proper ventilation, would make the centers healthier for the young children they serve.
Sign the petition below, and urge the Alameda and Monterey County Child Care Planning Councils to ensure that health guidelines are followed in all their centers.
Dear Alameda and Monterey County Child Care Planning Councils,
During their formative years, children are very susceptible to chemical and environmental toxins. This is why I’m saddened to hear that many of your local daycares are not following California guidelines. In a survey done by the California Air Resources Board, almost 88 percent of local day care centers were found to have dangerously high levels of formaldehyde.
Formaldehyde is listed as a respiratory irritant and carcinogen. Prolonged exposure to this chemical can cause asthma and increased risk of cancer. There are many simple ways to reduce children’s exposure to formaldehyde. Buying furniture that is labeled as formaldehyde free, using less volatile cleaning products, and increasing ventilation are easy ways to reduce formaldehyde exposure. I urge you to make these changes among your local daycares, and to ensure that California law is carried out.
[Your Name Here]
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