10-17-2004, 05:13 PM
Join Date: Feb 2003
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Bombcat:
From Home Depot the only sand that is safe is "South down play sand". Dont use anything else. It might contain other chemicals.
Hope this helps <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
"South Down" is probably local, not national. You'll find that places like Home Depot buy from an area distributor who then hires local contractors to mine, clean, sterilize and dry the sand. PakMix, for example, is common on the West Coast, but the sand in Seattle, Spokane, Portland, Eugene, Sacramento, San Francisco and LA all come from different local sources. PakMix states on the label that it is clean, sterilized, safe for pets, etc., and the website says it is ideal for use with children, pets & fish.
In reality, PakMix has no control over the quality of the sand produced locally for them, in spite of the label's claims.
If you want to use "Play Sand," you will want to buy a small amount and get it wet, then smell it. No chemical smell? It's probably safe, if you want to risk it.