Look for markings or stamps. If there are none, they are probably domestic and safe to use.
MB stamp indicates the wood was treated with Methyl Bromide, which is highly toxic. CP1, CP2, CP3, CP4, and CP5 stamps are chemically treated and should not be used.
- IPPC marking - HT (heat treated) and KD (kiln treated) - DB (debarking) - EPAL marking
The first step is to disassemble the pallet. Take out the nails and wear protective gloves and glasses.
In a fire or firepit - best to avoid them in fire. Indoor Projects - because of potential mold. Food Related Projects - potential for bacteria.
Try using your wooden pallets for outdoor projects or for shelving, tables and accessories in the garage or workshop.
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