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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.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Could formaldehyde cause animal deaths?

My name is Amy. We purchased a Jayflite by Jayco trailer in 2006 and are still waiting for the fumes to disappear. We used the trailer as a second home for my husband’s job. In addition to eye irritation for myself and husband, the puppy my husband bought me for Christmas developed sores on his nose legs and body. After almost two years of testing for allergies, countless steroid shots and medical visits, we had to have him put to sleep.
Now hearing about the formaldehyde in trailers, I can’t help wonder if this was the cause for my sweet Jackie’s pain. Has anyone else had problems with animals in travel trailers? How do we get this thing tested? We are no longer using it, and being closed up constantly, the fumes are over powering. I’m afraid to go into it anymore. Any information you can provide will be appreciated.

Amy, aspark@charter.net

Dear Amy,

One of our first indications that there was a problem with formaldehyde in the FEMA trailers is that Paul and Melody Stewart's cockatiel was lethargic and had a bloody nose. The vet told them that if they didn't get the bird out of the trailer, it would probably die. We have had other reports of sick animals and animal deaths in the trailers. Animals are small and breathe faster (just like children) so they can be more affected by polluted air. We believe that the deaths of some infants and elderly people living in the trailers were caused by formaldehyde poisoning. At the very high levels of formaldehyde seen on average in these trailers, you would expect the same adverse health effects to animals that have been seen in people.

Becky