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Best Practices for Eliminating Formaldehyde

  • • Where formaldehyde is an existing problem and the family cannot move to other facilities, use air conditioning and dehumidifiers to reduce the temperature and control the humidity. Heat and high humidity increase the amount of formaldehyde being released into the air.
  • • Continuously ventilate the property as much as possible.
  • • Where new construction is occurring within the structure, use only composite wood products which meet the standards of the American National Standards Institute 2009 or the California Air Resources Board Airborne Toxic Control Measures to Reduce Formaldehyde Emissions from Composite Wood Products.

Hazardous Household Waste

There are numerous sources of household hazardous waste. They include anti-freeze; batteries of all types and sizes; compact fluorescent light bulbs; various electronic devices including old TVs; medical waste including bandages, discarded surgical gloves, discarded needles, infectious mucus, etc.; medicines of all types which should never be flushed down the drain because of contamination of the water; mercury-containing equipment including thermostats, thermometers, and other products; used oil; paints and varnishes; pesticides and fertilizers; solvents; etc.

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