ToxicTrailers.com was launched after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 when the government spent more than $2 billion on FEMA trailers with high levels of formaldehyde that sickened thousands of people. The FEMA trailer tragedy exposed what is a widespread problem in RVs, mobile homes, modular buildings and even conventional buildings that use pressed wood products. Unfortunately, as we approach the tenth anniversary of Katrina, formaldehyde regulations are not being enforced in the U.S., and people's health is at risk. If you are having burning eyes, congestion, sore throat, coughing, breathing difficulties, frequent sinus infections or rashes, and difficulties concentrating, you may have a formaldehyde problem. For questions or to share your story, write firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, April 25, 2016
Question: Don't know if you can help or not but I thought it would be worth a try. My wife and I just retired and wanted to buy a motorhome and see the States but upon entering any RV, no matter what the quality, we both feel the effects of the off-gassing. It only takes each of us about 15 minutes to feel burning eyes, nose and throat. We thought about using air purification units to clear the air in whichever one we buy but we're not sure that will do the trick or not. Do you have any light to shed on this because we may have to just forget about our dream. I am very much aware of the formaldehyde problems especially since the FEMA hearing in Congress. Response: That is sobering...it is unfortunate there is still no requirements to test the indoor air of RVs, mobile homes or conventional homes for formaldehyde levels. You might consider looking at used RVs, something perhaps ten years old? But then mold can sometimes be an issue so you also have to look out for that. It is good you are being cautious as I have heard from many people who got very sick from the RVs. Below is a link to "green" RVs that have low or no formaldehyde. http://www.greendiary.com/green-travel-trailers-eco-minded-campers.html
Monday, February 22, 2016
USA Today reports that: Certain types of laminate flooring made by Lumber Liquidators (LL) have a greater risk of causing cancer or other health problems than previously believed, U.S. health regulators said Monday. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday that people who purchased the China-made flooring are about three times more likely to get cancer than it had calculated earlier this month — a revelation that rattled investors, who sent Lumber Liquidators stock down 19.8% to close at $11.40. The CDC had said on Feb. 10 that formaldehyde levels in select versions of the company's laminate flooring could cause two to nine cancer cases per 100,000 people. The new estimate is six to 30 cases per 100,000 people, the CDC said Monday. Lumber Liquidators sells more than $120 million annually in laminate flooring, including products from the U.S. and Europe, according to a quarterly filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Last year, it suspended sales of China-made laminates after accusations of carcinogenic qualities surfaced. Tessy Contreras, a homemaker from Texas City, Tex., and her husband Gilberto installed Lumber Liquidators laminate flooring affected by the issue in their home two to three years ago. She said Monday's revelation was scary because she has 6-year-old and 15-year-old sons in the house. She had completed air-quality tests with Lumber Liquidators last year after the concerns first emerged.
Thursday, January 21, 2016
http://www.parentherald.com/articles/16749/20160120/why-scented-candles-could-be-dangerous-to-your-health.htm Good article about how formaldehyde can be released from scented candles. Everyone wants to come to a home, which smells fresh and clean thus the reason why people love using scented candles, air fresheners and room sprays. Unfortunately, a new study about the toxic levels of air pollution these products leave behind suggest that using them can be extremely hazardous to our health. In the recent episode of the BBC series, "Trust Me, I'm a Doctor," environmental and chemistry experts conducted an experiment and measured the chemical levels in six homes in the U.K. According to the study, limonene-the ingredient which provides citrus air fresheners, candles, cleaning products and other fragrance products their scent, becomes unsafe when it combines with the ozone in the air. In addition, they found out that every two molecules of limonene generated one molecule of formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is widely known for being cancer-causing and has also been associated with respiratory conditions and skin irritation. The experts continued to experiment and provided the homes with houseplants-Golden Pothos, English Ivy, Dragon Tree and Spider Plant since some studies suggest that plants can absorb chemicals as mentioned by the Huffington Post. The plants were left in the house for four weeks before taking new air samples. The results showed that though the limonene levels rose possibly due to the fact that the homeowners were burning scented candles with the windows and doors shut, the amount of formaldehyde present in the air decreased. And while the study might make you want to toss out your scented candles and cleaning products right away, lead researcher, Alastair Lewis, a professor of atmospheric chemistry at the University of York, says that there is actually no need to.