Home & Garden Fact Sheet

What does the Home & Garden program do?

The Home & Garden Program is dedicated to helping Trail area families keep their home and yard environments healthy and safe.  The program has several parts: a Healthy Homes in-home visit and supports for young families, lead-safe home renovation support, and garden and yard soil testing and remediation. The Home & Garden program operates out of the Community Program Office at 1319 Bay Avenue in Trail.

Healthy Homes Program

The Healthy Homes Program is offered to expectant families and families with children 36 months of age or younger in Trail and Rivervale.  Each family is offered a yard assessment and Healthy Home in-home visit by a Community Programs Representative. The yard assessment includes soil testing and advice on how to cover up bare soil and improve lawns, gardens and ground cover.  Soil replacement may be offered on a case-by-case basis, based on the assessment results.  Yard improvement or yard conditioning may be offered to improve ground cover or reduce areas of bare soil.  The home visit includes information on how to make your home healthy and how to prevent children’s lead exposure.  If you’re renovating or thinking about it, we have a Healthy Renovation Program tailored to families with young children; we can even help set up your renovation work area.  If you live in Trail or Rivervale and are expecting a child or have children 36 months of age or younger, please contact our Community Program Office to sign up for this service.

2019 Soil Management Plan

In 2019, we’re expanding our soil testing and remediation program. We offer soil testing and, in qualifying yards, replacement of soil or improvements to ground cover on a prioritized basis. For more information, click here.

What do I need to know about Lead-Safe Home Renovation?

The dust stirred up in home renovations, demolitions and excavations can contain lead and other metals. It’s important to protect everyone from exposure to metals in dust, and particularly important for children, pregnant women and people working in the construction site. 

How does the program support home renovators?
Any homeowner or tenant in Trail or Rivervale can get free equipment, supplies and information for safe home renovation. Owners and tenants of pre-1976 homes anywhere in the Lower Columbia can get the same free support. These supports include the free use of HEPA-filtered shop vacuums and power tools, free respirators and filters, disposable coveralls and plastic sheeting. If you are currently planning or doing a home renovation, indoors or outdoors, please check out the I’m Renovating section of this website for instructional videos, names of lead-safe contractors, and information on free lead-safety supplies and equipment loans.

Contractors and construction professionals are advised to check out the Contractors section of this website and apply to become a Trail Area Lead Safe Contractor.  This includes watching our “Made in Trail” lead-safe renovation instructional videos that demonstrate how to protect yourself, your workers, and household residents from dust during construction and when transporting and disposing of waste materials. Safe disposal of waste materials is important because there may be lead and other metals in soil, dust, paint chips, and painted materials.

We want to get our information out to all home renovators.  Our goal is to have all home renovators use lead-safe practices.  Please look for our Lead Safe Renovation brochures at local home and garden stores, the RDKB building permit office, stores and groups that cater to young families, or our Community Program Office at 1319 Bay Ave.

What support is available for Garden & Yard Soil?

The Garden & Yard Soil program provides information and supports to all Trail area residents to minimize health risks from contact with metals in soil. The program information is being updated in April 2019. In the meantime, staff in the Community Program Office can answer your questions about metals in soil.

For more information contact the Community Program Office at 1319 Bay Avenue or 250-368-3256.

Soil testing is available for all residential properties in Trail and Rivervale.

10 Top Tips for a Safe Garden & Home
1. Make sure children wash their hands after playing outside, and before eating.
2. Wash your hands before eating, or when you finish gardening, yard work, or home projects.
3. Don’t eat or touch your mouth when gardening or working with soil or dust.
4. Cover up areas of bare soil in your yard. Cover the sandbox when not in use. Hose the driveway and other paved areas regularly. Keep all grass areas in good condition.
5. Leave outside shoes at the door. Place a mat at your door.
6. Isolate areas under renovation in the home, with plastic sheeting. Leave work clothes in the work area.
7. Vacuum and clean work areas each day before and after working on home renovations.
8. Store home renovation waste materials in safe containers that can be covered & transported.
9. Wear coveralls when working with soil, doing home renovations, and dusty jobs.
10. Wash dirty clothing separately from the regular household laundry.

How can I get more information?
For information on the Home and Garden Program, contact the Community Program Office at 1319 Bay Avenue or 250-368-3256.