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Non-Toxic Antifreeze

I want to put water and non-toxic antifreeze in the base of my basketball net to prevent it from falling over. If the base ever cracks and the fluid escapes, could it hurt my dogs?

- Brad

Dear Brad,

It's important to keep in mind that no antifreeze product is without potential risk. There are several antifreeze products on the market that are labeled as low- or non-toxic. They are certainly less toxic than traditional antifreeze and usually contain propylene glycol or methyl alcohol, but they aren't truly non-toxic. Both propylene glycol and methyl alcohol have the potential to cause gastrointestinal irritation, central nervous system depression, and even death from respiratory failure in severe cases.

As a safer alternative, you might consider using sand rather than antifreeze to weigh down your basketball net. If you do use a low-tox product and your net base springs a leak, clean up any fluid immediately. And no matter the type of antifreeze, keep any unused product in a secure place away from curious pets.