My kids, like most others, love an afternoon at the park. And, while I watch them diligently to avoid bumps and falls, I also try to be aware of potential exposures to toxic chemicals and heavy metals. Here are the top three risks I look out for and easy tips for either avoiding them or at least reducing your child's exposure.
1. CCA-Treated Wood
Before it was banned in 2003, most wood used in decks, children's playground equipment, benches and picnic tables was treated with chromated copper arsenate (CCA), which leaches arsenic, a known carcinogen. Even though it has been banned, many playgrounds have not had the funds to replace old equipment. In fact, last November, scientists in Louisiana tested playgrounds and found disturbingly high levels of CCA present both on the wood and in the soil at more than 30% of locations. Most egregiously, at one playground they found the wood chips used as a ground cover were made from CCA-treated wood (which is illegal - CCA-treated woodRead More »from 3 Toxic Risks You Face at the Park and How to Avoid Them