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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 4becky@cox.net.

Monday, July 30, 2007

trailer bought at auction makes eyes burn

We recently purchased a FEMA trailer from the GSAuctions.gov website. We have not yet "used" the trailer, but the few times I went inside to begin stocking it, my eyes burned so badly, I had to get out. I assumed it had to do with the products they used to clean the trailers prior to resale. Today we were made aware of an issue with formaldehyde. How can we test our trailer for formaldehyde levels? Is there a kit we can get? Is it safe to use? Can you offer any advice or next steps?

Thank you in advance for your help!

Monika