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Artificial turf dangers.

Artificial turf may be dangerous to your child's health. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently issued a health advisory about possible lead exposure related to artificial turf. They found that artificial turf made of nylon or a blend of nylon and polyethylene "contains levels of lead that pose a potential public health concern." Testing found that artificial turf made only with polyethylene had very low levels of lead. Older artificial turfs had higher levels of lead than newer ones.

The advisory states, "At this time, CDC does not yet understand the potential risks associated with exposure to dust from worn artificial turf." Children should avoid turf with lead levels greater than 440 parts per million (ppm).

The CDC suggests the following precautions for children playing on artificial turf:

* After playing, children should vigorously wash hands and other exposed body parts for at least 20 seconds using soap and warm water.

* As soon as reasonably possible, children should remove their outer clothing, turn them inside out to avoid contact with the lead dust, and wash them separately from other clothes.

* To avoid tracking lead dust into the house, shoes worn on the artificial turf should be left outside the home.

* Children and adults should avoid eating while on the turf.

* Children and adults should keep drinking cups and fluid containers in a bag or in a covered container on the side of the field.

Pediatric News 7/08

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Title Annotation:lead exposure
Publication:Pediatrics for Parents
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Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jan 1, 2009
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