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Arsenic Wood

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What Is CCA Pressure Treated Wood.

CCA (chromated copper arsenate) pressure treated wood is injected with CCA under high pressure to penetrate wood products. CCA is used to protect the wood from environmental exposure to fungi, mold, termites, or dry rot. CCA is made up of arsenic, which is a known human carcinogen. CCA is especially dangerous to children because it can get on their hands. Arsenic stays on the pressure treated wood surfaces for years.

Surewood Systems provides a long term protective barrier to block contact with CCA wood.

According to the Maine CDC:

About half of all Maine homes have a deck, or playground or some other structure that is made of wood treated with arsenic. This wood is called “CCA pressure-treated wood” or just “pressure-treated” wood. The wood was treated with arsenic to protect against rot and insects. Too much arsenic can cause cancer. So it is good to prevent arsenic getting into your body when you can. When you touch wood treated with arsenic, you can get arsenic on your hands.

The arsenic on your hands can get into your mouth if you are not careful about washing before eating. Young children are most at risk because they are more likely to put their hands in their mouths. The good news is that there are simple things you can do to protect yourself and your family from arsenic treated wood.

What is CCA wood?

CCA wood is made by dipping the wood in a mixture of chemicals. These chemicals include chromium, copper, and arsenic. This protects the wood against insects and rot. This wood is known as CCA wood or “pressure treated” wood. Most pressure treated wood in the U.S. is CCA wood. After December 31, 2003, no more CCA wood will be made for use around homes. CCA wood may still be sold for home use until April 1, 2004 in the state of Maine.

What is Arsenic?

Arsenic is found in soil and rocks. Most people get a little arsenic every day from the food they eat. Also, some people have arsenic in their private wells, which is why it is important that anyone with a well have it tested for arsenic. People who are exposed to too much arsenic over many years are more likely to get cancer.