- Saturday, June 23, 2012
Chemicals levels in garden hoses are not currently regulated, but perhaps they should be. Recent tests showed that 2/3 of the 179 products ended up in the “high concern” category, meaning they contained at least one hazardous chemical. The hoses tested contained lead and phthalates, which exceed the Consumer Product Safety Commission Standard for other products. While the most common use for garden hoses is to water plants, they are sometimes used as a drinking source for people and pets.
Some recommended tips include: letting the water run for a few seconds before using it, storing the hose in the shade, not drinking the water, purchasing a lead free hose, and testing your soil for harmful metals.
If you have been exposed to these harmful chemicals from your garden hose, contact the law offices of Brooks & Crowley and receive the legal assistance you deserve.