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Mallory and Kelsey

Kelsey Smith

on 26 September 2012

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Transcript of Formaldehyde

Kelsey Smith & Mallory Thrall Formaldehyde What is it? Formaldehyde is a colorless water-soluble gas Formula: CH20 Formaldehyde is both a primary and secondary pollutant. Long term: Health Risks: Cancer and severe respiratory problems Short term: Burning in the eyes, nose, and throat, coughing, wheezing, nausea, and skin irritation Where to find Formaldehyde: building materials
particle board
fabric dyes
Wood smoke Formaldehyde has a strong pungent odor. Formaldehyde can be found in Nail Polish. Lots of people didn't know that most nail polish had formaldehyde in it. When they bit their nails, they would ingest it. What was on their nails was absorbed into their body, which caused them to get sick. Formaldehyde is not easy to get rid of it.
It takes years for it to go away. Formaldehyde is found inside. You can buy a test to see if your house has formaldehyde in it. You can sometimes even smell it, since the odor is so strong. Thanks for watching! :) Ways to reduce the amount of Formaldehyde:

Increase air flow in the house by opening windows and doors.
Apply a barrier between surfaces with formaldehyde and the indoor air.
Examples: latex-based paints, vinyl coverings (wallpaper & floor covering) on particle board panels
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