Scout’s In-field Ambassadors have been at major fairs, expos, and trade shows across Ontario and B.C. to engage and educate Canadians on how to best use, store, and dispose of common household chemicals and substances — and how to keep their homes and families safe. It’s all in support of Health Canada’s brand-new Healthy Home website and the peace of mind it will bring to families across the country.
Every day, we’re exposed to chemicals and pollutants in the air, food, water, and products we use in our homes, yards, and garages (no matter if we rent or own our living space). These substances can be found in cleaning liquids and powders, polishes and drain cleaners, paint, paint thinners, and windshield wiper fluids, and many other consumer goods. These items might be commonplace, but if we don’t learn how to use, store, or dispose of them properly, we can harm ourselves and loved ones.
Health Canada’s new Healthy Home site offers sensible tips for purchasing, handling, and getting rid of a wide variety of chemicals. Tips range from simple reminders about protective clothing, cleanliness, ventilation, safety gear, and the importance of household hazardous waste depots to concise summaries of common hazards we encounter around the house. These can and often include mould, asbestos, boric acid, carbon monoxide, dust and dust mites, smoke, radon gas, lead, pesticides, talc, and many more.
The site also organizes information according to common household activities, allowing visitors quick access to just what they’re looking for. Doing a renovation or DIY project? Do you or your kids love arts and crafts? Are you gearing up for a major cleanup in the attic or garage? Are you excited to dive into your garden as spring arrives? If so, there’s a section on the website for you!
Not everyone is affected by substances in the same way. That’s why the website also offers a smart guide to making your home safer for people at greater risk. Children, seniors, pregnant women, people with pre-existing health conditions, and Indigenous people all face different environmental contaminants with a wide range of symptoms and effects. Knowing these will help you take extra precautions when necessary.
To support the wealth of information available, Scout Environmental has taken the vital messaging across Ontario and B.C. Our friendly, knowledgeable Event Ambassadors have engaged Canadians face-to-face at seniors active living fairs, renovation and garden shows, public and family health expos, and early childhood resource events — functions that target the general public along with groups that are especially vulnerable to household chemicals and pollutants. With signage, games, interactive displays, and handouts, these live events bring the information to life and help Canadians take action, today.
Over the past few months, you may have seen our people at:
The Cambridge Seniors Information and Active Living Fair, Cambridge, ON
The Cornwall Seniors Information and Active Living Fair, Cornwall, ON
The London Seniors Information and Active Living Fair, London, ON
Best Start Resource Centre, Toronto, ON
The GTA Home and Renovation Show, Mississauga, ON
The B.C. Home and Garden Show, Vancouver, BC
The Brampton Seniors Information and Active Living Fair, Brampton, ON
The Ottawa Home and Garden Show, Ottawa, ON
The Green Living Show, Toronto, ON
The Healthy Family Expo, Vancouver, BC
The Ontario Public Health Convention (TOPHC), Toronto, ON
Human health and the health of the environment are inextricably linked. In support of the Healthy Home campaign, Scout raises awareness of timely environmental health hazards related to air quality, consumer products, emissions, and household chemicals, and engages the public with effective strategies to act in their own communities with renewed confidence.
For more information on this program, or others that deal with common hazards such as carbon monoxide or radon gas, contact Scout Environmental today.
— Post by Spencer Gordon, Scout’s Digital Marketing Manager