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Best Practices for Formaldehyde

  • • Where possible avoid the use of pressed wood products and other goods which may emit formaldehyde.
  • • Potentially coating pressed wood products with polyurethane may reduce formaldehyde emissions.
  • • Increase the ventilation of the area.
  • • Keep temperatures moderate and humidity levels low.
  • • Increase the rate of ventilation in the home.
  • 7. Household Products usually contain chemicals that can be released to the air when stored, used, and discarded. These products may include paints, varnishes, candles, solvents, cleaning materials, disinfectants, aerosol sprays, air fresheners, stored fuels, dry cleaned clothing, hobby materials, etc. Elevated levels of the chemicals may persist in the air for extended periods of time and may be re-released from surfaces on which the chemicals have been deposited. Depending on the chemicals, there may be no effect clear up to dangerous effects. Typical acute symptoms include eye irritation, respiratory irritation, headaches, dizziness, visual problems, lightheadedness, coma, and even death. Long-term problems may be cancer and genetic effects. (Also see Volatile Organic Compounds.)
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