About ToxicTrailers.com

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.

Friday, April 11, 2008

New home tests high after 1.5 years

Just recently sent a test kit to Robert E. Richardson, Apopka, FL, Phone: 407 451 0004, to test his home that is 1.5 years old. It is a regular stick-built home, a nice home. When the family first moved in there was a very strong chemical odor. "You opened the door, walked in the house and Wow! It about knocked you over." Robert had allergy problems before, but they have gotten much worse living in the house. He has a runny nose and his nose swells shut. They have been opening the windows and doors as much as they can. But this still tested high at 0.093 ppm. It was likely much higher when the home was new. This test is higher than the Agency for Toxic Substance and Disease Registry (ATSDR) Minimum Risk Level (MRL) for 1 to 14 days exposure, which is 0.04 ppm. The MLR for 14 to 365 days is 0.03 and the MRL for 365 days or more is 0.008. Clearly this is not a healthy home.

This is more evidence the formaldehyde problem is not confined to RVs, mobile homes and structures like portable classrooms. We would like to test more homes. Please contact me at 4becky@cox.net if you want a free test kit. We would also really like to test some portable classrooms.

Becky