Having a child can cause first-time parents to re-examine many aspects of their home to ensure that it is as safe as possible. While there are several easily recognizable safety precautions, such as protecting electrical outlets or sharp corners, many homeowners may overlook the importance of choosing a safe flooring option. CBS affiliate KVAL reports that many toxic chemicals can make their way into the home through the floor.
Vinyl products are a huge concern," expert Ivy Sager-Rosenthal told the news source. "So that would include vinyl flooring, vinyl wallpaper. Vinyl is just not a healthy choice for families."
Nonprofit group Healthy Stuff.org conducted an extensive study of more than 3,000 samples of flooring and wallpaper and found that many contained high levels of harmful metals and chemicals.
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