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.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Retired couple in RV has medical bills of $120,000 from formaldehyde exposure
A retired couple living in a privately purchased RV in Arizona asked me to test it last year after they got sick with symptoms of formaldehyde poisoning. Testing confirmed high formaldehyde levels. After reading the articles about the government dumping over 100,000 former FEMA on the market recently, the man called me and asked: Do people have any idea the medical costs from someone living in high formaldehyde levels? Since I tested them both have been hospitalized. The man has had $40,000 worth of medical costs, and the woman, $80,000. Not even counting the suffering and potential shortening of their lives, this is just an example of the cost of failing to protect Americans from excessive levels of formaldehyde.