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Furniture in Homes: How It Can Affect Your Health

As a scientist I, I am always amazed about the number of chemicals people create and introduce into our everyday lives.

As I look at my home environment, a place of sanctuary for my family, I am constantly reminded of the many sources that can lead to chemical exposures, which the average person does not realize.

Take furniture for example, most furniture is made with pressed wood, plywood, particle board and glues containing formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is a low cost common chemical and exposure to it can cause eye, nose and throat irritation, coughing, headaches, dizziness, and nausea.

Formaldehyde is a volatile organic compound (VOC). VOC’s are chemicals that become gas at room temperature. As a result, some products made with formaldehyde will off-gas into the air and may lead to health problems.

Exposure to formaldehyde is common as we all have furniture in our homes and although the concentrations maybe low it can still have an effect on our health both in the short term and long term. Repeated exposure of low quantities can cause problems especially in developing children.

Many times homeowners may not even know they are exposed as they cannot see the gas and often they cannot smell it. It requires the use of scientific instrumentation to measure the concentrations present.

I continually monitor chemicals in my home and I hope you will too, for your health and the health of your families.

I have attached a link that identifies a company offering green furniture and is certified by the Greenguard Environmental Institute.

http://www.free-press-release.com/news/200706/1181075772.html

wow
didn't know all this was around me

thanks for the info

alan cutler
Oct 16th, 2008
at 02:28 am

what you do about the furniture you already have in the house? Are there any products that can be used to lessen the exposure in the air???

Michele
Oct 16th, 2008
at 08:22 am

Michele, there are no products but we have a service that can help, it is called Eco-Regeneration. Unfortunately with the furniture you have there is nothing you can do except when you replace it make sure it is certified by the Greenguard Institute.

Simon Hahessy
Oct 17th, 2008
at 07:33 am

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