Michigan residents advised to avoid swallowing foam on Huron River

Posted at 9:21 AM, Sep 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-19 17:56:37-04

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is advising residents to avoid swallowing foam on the Huron River as it may contain high amounts of PFAS.

MDHHS says the advisory is being issued as a precaution because of high amounts of PFAS in Huron River surface water and fish.

It is recommended that visitors to the Huron River avoid swallowing foam on the water during recreational activities, though an accidental swallow of water is not considered a health concern.

Residents are also encouraged to wash their hands after touching foam to avoid swallowing PFAS that might be on their hands. 

It is also recommended that people should not allow their pets, especially dogs, to come into contact with or swallow the foam. Dogs can potentially swallow foam collected in their fur from grooming themselves. Dogs should be thoroughly rinsed off with fresh water after contact with foamy water.