Green Tip {Tuesday}

Find out if there is arsenic in your deck, children's play equipment, or any other pressure treated wood. You can obtain inexpensive kits from the Healthy Building Network and EWG. The samples are then analyzed by an independent lab that has been certified by the EPA. If your wood does contain arsenic, then seal it at least once a year with a waterproof sealant such as polyurethane or an oil based penetrating sealer to reduce the amount of arsenic that can leach out. The Environmental Working Group recommends sealing at least every six months.