Last week, Jessica and I went on a field trip to Harbor Freight on a mission to get some sort of silicone adhesive. While working with our LED strips we had discovered that the only thing that sticks to silicone is more silicone. This meant that we would have to get some sort of pliable silicone to attach the wires.
After researching different materials we learned that silicone caulk would work, so Jessica and I set out to buy some. As we looked through the store we found different brands and kinds of caulk. One of the things we paid attention to was the safety labels. Our final choice seemed to be the safest.
Surprisingly the most dangerous thing about caulk isn’t the gun.
The real danger is in the ingredients. Basic caulking instructions include the obvious; don’t eat it, don’t get it in your eyes or try to snort it. But it is also important to wear gloves when working with it and make sure you’re working in a ventilated area. Not so scary right?
Wrong. Depending on which brand you buy from different types of caulk have compounds that can be poisonous. “Caulking compound poisoning” is a serious condition defined as “Caulking compounds are substances used to seal cracks and holes around windows and other openings. Caulking compound poisoning occurs when someone swallows these substances.” The other warnings on the package included risks of kidney failure, liver failure, brain damage from fumes, and danger to unborn babies including risks of birth defects and stillbirth. Scary stuff.
The moral of the story: check the back of the caulk tube before you buy it.