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Group has warning about garden hoses

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A group that studies the safety of consumer products says some garden hoses may not be safe., a project of the Ecology Center in Ann Arbor, tested dozens of garden products and found your garden variety hose contains hazardous chemicals.

"We were surprised to find high levels of lead, which is a neurotoxin, as well as other chemical additives that are put in to PVC plastics," said Jeff Gearhart.

Many of the hoses actually have warning labels, but people may not realize the chemicals end up in the water.

The group shot a video as they conducted an experiment taking water samples from a hose left laying in the sun.

"We found lead at a level 18 times higher than the drinking water standard. We found bisphenol A at a level 20 times higher, and we also found plasticizers called phthalates that have been banned in toys and children's products at four times higher than what's permitted in drinking water," Gearhart explained.

The bottom line, don't drink the water coming out of a hose and be more selective about what you buy.

The group is urging consumers to look for hoses that are lead free and meet toy safety standards. You can also look for hoses labeled drinking water safe.

"This type of product, there's not safety standards out there," Gearhart said.

The group supports legislation that could change that in the future. Until then, they say polyurethane and natural rubber hoses are the safest bet.

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