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Thursday, February 5, 2009

FEMA trailers still high in formaldehyde

I just tested a Fleetwood travel trailer provided by FEMA to a man in Bay St. Louis. He asked for testing after developing breathing problems. The trailer tested at 0.154 ppm--much more than you should be exposed to for even short periods of time. And remember, this is the coldest time of the year when outgassing should be low. The trailer was three years old, and when he got it, the formaldehyde odor was terrible and caused problems like a runny nose and congestion. SInce formaldehyde levels decrease with age, can you imagine how high this was when he got the trailer? He is now on two medications for breathing problems, but the medicine is only partly helpful.

An article in the Sun Herald recently said 324 families are still in FEMA trailers in Mississippi, but they are being moved out in the next four weeks.