Nowadays, wherever you go, you learn about the life-threatening risks of carbon monoxide poisoning and natural gas poisoning, however another kind of gas compound which is obviously present in numerous goods, since the material is cheap, also poses a grave threat to one’s body. This chemical is called formaldehyde. As a matter of fact, the more research I did on this dangerous chemical, the more products I found that contained it. We threw away plenty of things that we had in the house after we found out that most of them contained formaldehyde and how risky it was to have them.
Your skin is open to formaldehyde exposure if you often put make up on your face. As you get into your clothes, the formaldehyde in it could be discharged once you touch them. Shampoos may also contain some parts of formaldehyde. Industrial materials, medicines to name a few, compost, domestic products, formalin, paints, furniture and house furnishings are among the many things that contains formaldehyde. Likewise, burning natural gases, fuels, charcoals, wood or tobacco also results to formaldehyde fumes. Manufacturer’s of wood with the likes of fiberboards and particleboards are the main recipient of 1/3 of total formaldehyde use. Formaldehyde release is at its highest when products are brand new. However later in the days that follow, it will slowly dissipate.
Formaldehyde is an organic compound in gaseous form. Its toxicity makes it a health risk substance and can cause cancer. Few of its symptoms are lightheadedness, nausea, constant weariness, rashes and hives. Some of the more serious symptoms are difficulty breathing, heart palpitations, ear infections, memory loss, depression, sleeplessness, aching joints and muscles, migraines, trouble focusing and weakness, and in the most serious of cases, cancer.
Surviving for a century, formaldehyde has grown huge in the industry. Formaldehyde producers in America had 11.3 billion pounds for its annual production in the year 1998. In 2004, it rose to 46 billion pounds, and until now the numbers keep on adding up. As expected, formaldehyde in consumer products were not prohibited due to its huge coverage in the industry. Though in 1985, the Minnesota State did put legal restrictions on its trade, especially wood products that use urea formaldehyde, instructing that these items be labeled with warning tags.
We recently bought a black leather bag, and the odor (some describe the odor similar to a strong pickle smell) was so bad from formaldehyde, we had to throw it away. If you think that there are things in your possession that may have formaldehyde in it, immediately throw it away. That is the most effective way to keep yourself from getting exposed to it. Do not keep in your bedroom items that have exposed particle boards too. More further, to avoid formaldehyde poisoning, limit yourself from getting contact or baring yourself in areas contaminated by formaldehyde. You can set up an alarm system that can monitor the quality of air inside your home. Since formaldehyde is a gaseous substance, which are emitted by construction materials or released by burnt materials, the alarm will be able to sense its presence as it enters the house, which is typical for mobile or pre-engineered homes. Make sure that you have access to clean fresh air so check your air ventilations.
Don’t endanger yourself. Use your intelligence in a rational way. Create an environment free from formaldehyde contamination for you and your family by acting immediately on what needs to be done.