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Region 3 PEHSU | Factsheet on Perfluorinated Chemicals (PFCs) for Health Professionals (2015) > How can people reduce exposures to PFCs?

How can people reduce exposures to PFCs?

posted on Mar 3, 2019
  • Drinking water: Drinking water treatment for PFCs is complex and can be difficult to implement at a household level. However, a study by the Minnesota Department of Health found that some water filtration devices (point-­‐of-­‐use devices at a single tap, faucet, or outlet) may remove some PFCs from water (Olsen and Paulson, 2008). However, household treatment systems need to be carefully maintained to be effective (http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/eh/water/factsheet/com/pou.html), and guidance for private well owners is not currently available regarding appropriate filter change out and maintenance for residential drinking water treatment for PFCs
  • To reduce potential exposure to infants, caregivers should use pre-­‐mixed baby formula, or reconstitute using alternative water sources not containing PFOS and/or PFOA.
  • Be aware of fish advisories within area if eating locally caught
  • Reduce exposure to consumer products containing