Shipping pallets have quickly become one of the hottest trends for DIY projects in 2015. They are relatively easy to find and acquire, and can be used to build anything from outdoor furniture to coffee tables. However, not all pallets are safe. Some contain dangerous chemicals that can be harmful to your health. Since they can be used for international shipping, some are treated with methyl-bromide, a powerful pesticide that has even been banned in certain countries. Thankfully, you can quickly determine the safety of a pallet by following a few simple rules. The experts at 1001pallets.com show us how.
The best way to tell if a pallet is safe is to determine where it came from and how it was treated. International regulation requires pallets to be treated to prevent the spread of invasive insect species and diseases. Therefore they must all be stamped with a mark that tells the story of the pallet. This stamp is the key to finding out whether a pallet is safe or not. If they do not have a stamp, they are most likely used for local shipping and are therefore safe to use. However, it is better to know exactly where a pallet came from. This is the only way to really know if it is safe.