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Childhood asthma is up 600% in the last 30 years

7/10/2018

Kristopher O’Tool Service Manager

There are thousands of products in today’s homes that are manufactured using toxic compounds and carpet is one of them. As a result, childhood asthma is up 600% in the last 30 years!

Have you ever walked into a new home and noticed the smell? What you smell is the off-gassing of chemicals from the carpets, paints, and furniture. Even the lumber used for most floors is particle board which is assembled from glue and sawdust and it is off-gassing those chemicals into your home. Furniture today is not typically built with solid wood it is mostly particle board that contains large amounts of glue. Paints, varnishes, and stains also contain compounds that are dangerous for our lungs.

All of these chemicals are called VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds). These toxic compounds are part of a group of three hazard levels™ in your home.

“TIGHT HOME” SICKNESS

The largest challenge is that homes being built today are much tighter, therefore holding in the hazards in the home. This is referred to as sick house syndrome. So why has this become such an issue in the last 30 years? It started with the oil embargo 1973 which started a national energy conservation movement which included the tightening of our homes. This movement of conserving energy and the tightening of homes has significantly affected our health. This is one of the leading causes of the increase in asthma in children over the last 30 years.


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