How Am I Exposed to PFAS?
Thousands of drinking water sources across the United States are known to be contaminated with PFAS, according to the Environmental Working Group (EWG). This tracking map  shows where PFAS contaminates drinking water sources in the U.S.; however, the extent might be far greater.
Researchers now believe that PFAS are likely detectable in all major water supplies across the country. While many sources have not yet been tested, concern and awareness about the dangers of PFAS chemicals are growing.
In addition to contaminating drinking water, many everyday products that line our store shelves contain PFAS or are packaged in materials that contain PFAS, such as:
- Non-stick cookware
- Paper and cardboard food wrappers for fast food and bakery goods
- Fabric treatments for furniture and carpets, such as Stainmaster and Scotchgard
- Clothes that are water or stain-repellent, such as Gore-Tex boots and coats
- Cosmetics and personal care products
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How Can I Reduce My Exposure to PFAS?
Although it’s virtually impossible to completely eliminate PFAS from your environment, you can take steps to minimize it. First, find out if your drinking water has been tainted with the substances.
If your water comes from the public water supply, determine if it’s been tested for PFAS by looking at the EWG map above. If your drinking water comes from a private well, you will need to test it personally, ideally with a state-certified lab that uses methods approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Because many PFAS accumulate in household dust, be sure to vacuum your rugs often, mop your floors, and wipe down surfaces with a damp cloth regularly. Avoid buying stain-resistant furniture and carpets. If you use non-stick pans, replace them with cast iron or stainless steel cookware. Buy clothing brands that do not use PFAS as part of their materials.
Avoid fast food and look for restaurants that take steps to reduce PFAS exposure. Do not heat food in containers that contain water and oil-resistant coatings (i.e. microwave popcorn).
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