Child Safety

The ecoGeeks Hose Filter Can Help Insure Your Child’s Backyard Safety
Common contaminants found in municipal and well water supplies can be potentially damaging to your child’s health.

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“I’m perfectly comfortable letting my daughter drink from our garden hose with the ecoGeeks hose filter attached.” — ecogeeks.com president – Michael Wynhoff —

Exposure to Chlorine and Childhood Asthma:

Recent Studies have shown a strong, direct link between exposure to chlorine and childhood asthma. Municipal water supplies can contain up to 3 parts per million of chlorine. That chlorine is then aerosolized as it passes through your sprinkler where it can be inhaled by anyone standing nearby. The Pacific Sands Hose Filter removes 90% or more of the chlorine in tap water.

Toxins are absorbed by ground water through numerous sources including herbicide spraying.

Mercury, Pesticides and Toxins in Source Water:
The ecoGeeks Hose Filter removes between 90% and
90% of 8 of the EPA’s top-ten rated toxins including lead, mercury, chlorine, pesticides & heavy metals. Most home’s whole-house water filters bypass outdoor water, leaving these potentially dangerous contaminants in the water that gets on your plants, garden, lawn and kids.

Contaminants Can Accumulate in Your Hose in the Sunlight:
For generations our parents have been telling us not to drink out of the garden hose; and for good reason. A garden hose is a warm, wet environment that can accelerate the growth of mold, fungus and bacteria.

Lead Risk:
A shocking recent report found that certain brands of garden hoses can contain high levels of lead. Lead is a particularly serious health hazard to children because of their relatively small body mass. One hose left out in the sun for a day showed nearly 30 times the allowable concentrations of lead!

NOTE: Even when using the ecoGeeks hose filter at the outflow end of a hose, be sure to flush the hose thoroughly until the water runs cool and clean before use.

Why We’re Concerned:
Children: The Most Vulnerable Among Us
(an excerpt from the Natural Resource Defense Council web site.)

Unhealthy drinking water affects children in different ways than it does adults. There is cause for special concern for the health of children who drink tap water. Legal standards for most waterborne contaminants generally have been set based on the health effects of pollutants on average adults; consequently, the health of millions of people — including infants, children, pregnant women and their fetuses, the elderly, and the chronically ill -may not be protected. To compound matters, infants and children drink more than two and a half times as much water as adults as a proportion of their body weight. An infant living solely on formula consumes about one-seventh of its own weight of water each day, which would correspond to approximately three gallons of water for a 155-pound adult man.

The hazards posed by waterborne lead are especially pernicious. In 1991, the EPA estimated that lead in drinking water harms the health of millions of children, causing more than 560,000 children to exceed the level of concern for blood-lead levels defined by the CDC.

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