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, March 10, 2008
husband killed by particleboard in waterbed
This problem has been known about as far back as 1984. My husband became disabled from the formaldehyde in the boards that his waterbed was made from. People made jokes about it then, but he got an infection in his sinus that went to his brain. You can imagine the rest. He was 52 and never worked again in his life. They should have known better in those trailers! We were told that the boards (4 x 8) had to be "cooked" and that they didn't cook these boards enough to dry up the glue. My husband passed away this summer. He never got a chance to live a full life again. Thank you, Betty Vaughn (Brv01@aol.com)