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6 areas your child is exposed to toxic chemicals at school

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Somewhere between holiday prep and the beginning of school vacation, you’ll need to remember to sign up for next semester’s after-school programs. Before you do, check out these 6 key potentially toxic areas to keep in mind when helping your son or daughter choose afterschool activities, according to Healthy Child Healthy World.

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A recent study found that collegiate gymnast’s blood contained high levels of a chemical known as BDE-153, a breakdown product of a toxic flame retardant. The source is believed—unfortunately—to be dust created by retardant-treated foam blocks that fill the safety pit over which the gymnasts practice. From foam blocks to chlorine-filled indoor pools, learn what hazardous chemicals your kid could be exposed to afterschool.

Knowledge, as always, is power, so here is a collection of unexpected dangers that might exist at typical after-school activities. This way parents can either choose to enroll the kids in another activity, or minimize exposure for children who are already deeply involved in a sport, art class, or even a drama club.

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