Here’s a shocking video from ABC News. In this feature, experts tested the indoor air pollution in a home. They actually use a scientific testing lab to measure the toxic chemicals in the indoor air of a child’s bedroom.
Many of us already know there are high concentrations of chemicals in the average home. But the lab test in this news brief found over 300 chemicals present in this child’s room.
Even more surprising, many of these chemicals were above the recommended safe levels defined by the EPA. Mind blowing!
The reporter gives some good advice at the end of the video, but according to so many scientific studies these days…
Opening your windows or "airing out" new household items just isn’t enough to prevent exposure to indoor contaminants – it makes little to no difference..
Some of the sources of pollution (furniture, carpets, etc) can continually outgas toxic chemicals for years, leading to serious illness down the road. Even if a window provides a decently flow of fresh air, the release and buildup of contaminants starts over once the window is closed.
According to the American Lung Association: Furniture and other indoor products like cleaning fluids, computer keyboards, rugs, and bedding create toxic gas which causes eye and throat irritation in the short term…and asthma and cancer in the long term.
Dr. Marilyn Black, Scientist at Underwriters Labs, states:
"Through the years of research, we have determined not only is air quality more hazardous inside than it is outside; but the source of those many pollutants are coming from the very materials that we use on an everyday basis."
Dr. Black also states:
"We have standards for the outdoor air, we have standards for occupational workers, but we don’t have them for people in our homes today."
To give you some examples:
The rocker in the baby nursery contained 7 times the amount of formaldehyde recommended in the state of CA.
The crib mattress had 100 times over safe level of recommended industrial solvents, plasticizers, alcohols, benzenes.
The paint chemical gases had 5 times the recommended safe level of glycols and industrial hydrocarbons.
In fact, furniture and other everyday household items contain levels of formaldehyde, benzene, carbon monoxide and other toxic chemicals over 100 times of what is recommended safe by the EPA to be safe.
But as crazy as it may seem, it’s not illegal for companies to sell these products to unknowing parents. Additionally, companies are not usually required to state the health risks on the product’s packaging.
As parents, the responsibly falls completely on our shoulders – to educate ourselves about these dangers and to do what we can to minimize the risks.
Fortunately, there are proven steps you can take to reduce exposure to toxic chemicals in your home, for your children and for yourself.
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