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How Safe Is Artificial Turf?


How-Safe-Is-AT-Blog-1.jpgYou want your home to look beautiful and inviting. But more than anything else, you want it to provide a safe environment for your family and pets. If you’re a commercial property owner, or manage grassy public areas or sports fields, it’s the same. Any place people relax or kids and pets play simply must be safe. That is one of the best reasons to replace your natural grass with artificial turf.

Artificial turf has been around in one form or another for decades, and scientists have conducted dozens of safety studies during that time. While there were legitimate questions raised about early versions, today’s fake grass products are vastly different. Thanks to advances in science and technology, it is not only reliably safe, it performs and looks much better, too.

That said, there are many types and qualities of artificial grass on the market now. So be sure you know exactly what you’re getting. Here at Heavenly Greens, we carry only the highest quality, safest (and prettiest) choices.

Artificial grass is non-toxic

The potential presence of lead was a concern in the past, but there is no reason to worry these days. As long as you choose the right artificial turf. By demanding the highest quality artificial grass, you can be sure you’re getting a product that is free from lead as well as any other toxic ingredients. That’s why Heavenly Greens offers FieldTurf products – the only brand that makes 100% lead-free artificial turf. 

Some people have also expressed concern about crumb rubber used as infill, especially for artificial turf sports fields. And again, researchers have studied this issue extensively. After 20 years of use and evaluation, experts now agree that crumb rubber does not pose a health threat to children or adults.

Artificial turf is safe for kids

In fact, with the right artificial grass, you're ensuring children’s safety in multiple ways. Not only is the fake grass non-toxic, it is also non-allergenic. Many kids (adults and pets, too) are allergic to grass pollen, making it impossible for them to safely play on natural lawn during pollen season. Fake grass doesn’t produce pollen, so it’s the healthiest choice for all types of play surfaces from backyard play structures to community ball fields.

Artificial grass that incorporates specialized FallSoft manufacturing technology and installation actually protects kids from falls as high as 5 feet. That’s a major improvement over natural grass, and certainly over other materials sometimes used as “flooring” in children’s play areas.

Get the facts

The bottom line is that repeated studies have shown artificial turf presents no public health concerns. The Synthetic Turf Council says artificial grass “is a smart solution for playing fields and landscape that have become unsafe and unsightly from overuse or severe climatic conditions.”

If you have more questions about artificial turf, the Synthetic Turf Council’s website is an excellent resource. And our faux grass experts here at Heavenly Greens are just a phone call away. We’re proud of the products we carry, so we’re always happy to talk about them.

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission notes that “in over 40 years there has never been an instance of human illness or environmental damage caused by synthetic turf.” That’s the kind of track record we all want, for residential and commercial landscapes and public spaces.


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