What Lurks in Your Backyard?

May 31, 2020

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What Lurks in Your Backyard?

 

Did you know that out of the 80,000 chemicals sold, only 7 percent have been fully tested for safety! Some of these chemicals are found in the products we use every day to maintain our yards and gardens. Here are five places in your yard that may be toxic:

Green Weed-Free Lawn

“Ingredients in popular pesticides have been linked to cancer, hormonal changes, and liver or kidney toxicity. Now research points to another surprising peril: mental health hazards.”

This is scary information. The spray that your neighbours are using can waft over to your yard as well. Imagine the people working for companies that spray weeds every day. I have often seen them not wearing proper ventilation face masks.

Mosquito-Free Backyard

“Community-wide sprays to destroy mosquitoes help alleviate public fears of bug-borne illnesses such as West Nile virus and eastern equine encephalitis. But are the sprays themselves dangerous? They contain hormone disrupters and possibly carcinogenic chemicals, though studies documented harmful effects only in higher doses than municipal mosquito spray trucks deliver.”

Thank goodness we do not have spray trucks in Durham Region. They do this often in the Caribbean. I remember seeing them in Cuba and The Dominican Republic. On a recent vacation in the Cayman Islands, a plane flew overhead spraying the town. I could not believe this was happening at 4:30 pm.

Burning Waste

“Some may view burning trash in their backyard as an efficient way to dispose of it—some countries can even produce heat and electricity by doing so—but the truth is, burning waste in your backyard (especially when much of our trash is plastics) releases dangerous chemicals that can harm you, those who live with you, and your community.”

Years ago, I lived in Rural Port Perry, where my neighbour would burn their household waste and recycling! Imagine the smell of burning plastic!

Swimming Pools

“When it comes to swimming, parents with young children put drowning at the top of their list of concerns. But many people do not realize the problems that pool chemicals can cause. Everyday Health reports that nearly 5,000 people were sent to the emergency room after being poisoned by pool chemicals in 2012. These chemicals can be even more harmful in hot tubs, which open your pores and let toxins directly enter your body. Follow the CDC guidelines for handling pool chemicals.”

I grew up around pools spending most of my youth as a lifeguard/swimming instructor. In the 80’s, I never thought about the chemicals my body was absorbing.

Black Driveways

“The sticky black coal tar sealants that give driveways their well-manicured look may contain carcinogenic chemicals called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). PAH concentrations in these sealants are hundreds of times higher than those in other major sources, such as exhaust smoke.”

Guilty…I do love the look of a shiny black driveway. I used to have my driveway sealed all the time. I will not be doing that again!

To read more log onto https://www.thehealthy.com/home/is-your-backyard-toxic/

 

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