Health & Safety

Health Questions About Rubber Play Surfaces

They are appearing at many playgrounds. Rubber chips that cover the ground to protect kids from the hard ground. But are they safe? These chips are also found inside synthetic turf, which covers an increasing number of fields in Fairfax County (like Patriot Field off Braddock Road). Some groups believe these teensy little chips of recycled rubber could present a health hazard. But no certain conclusions have been revealed. Last year New York and New Jersey closed fields because of high levels of lead. Want to learn more? Click this for an article at USAToday.com and then click here for more about synthetic turf.

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