I had wanted to get some artificial turf put in at Landon's school. There's no grass, only pavement. I thought this might be the perfect no nonsense solution. Now I'm starting to think NO WAY.
I started doing a little research and went here: safehealthyplayingfields.org .
"Synthetic turf can deteriorate to form dust
containing lead at levels that may pose a risk to children. Given
elevated lead levels in turf and dust on recreational fields and in
child care settings, it is imperative that a consistent, nationwide
approach for sampling, assessment, and action be developed. In the
absence of a standardized approach, we offer an interim approach to
assess potential lead hazards when evaluating synthetic turf."
Whoa. Why do I feel like no one is talking about this??!!
"Synthetic turf is a rug made
from plastic. Plastic is made from hydrocarbons. Hydrocarbons are
volatile compounds meaning they evaporate quickly in the presence of
sunlight and heat. Even though they exist in solid form, they still
off-gas to the atmosphere – think of the new car smell on a hot day.
On clear warm days,
synthetic turf fields get superheated to temperatures from 120o to 180o
F. In this quite common scenario, the gasses rising from the field
adsorb, or grab, the macroscopic particles of carbon black (a known
carcinogen) and create deep lung inhalation exposures for athletes."
Have you heard about this? Seems like Turf is getting put in everywhere now a days. Am I the only one who thinks this is scary?