Formaldehyde

Many homeowners are deeply concerned after a recent “60 Minutes” report found high levels of formaldehyde in flooring sold by Lumber Liquidators. If you have reason to believe your home is at risk, contact Oasis for a consultation.

Quick facts about Formaldehyde

(source: National Cancer Institute, NIH)
  • Formaldehyde is a colorless, flammable, strong-smelling chemical that is used in building materials and to produce many household products.
  • Formaldehyde sources in the home include pressed-wood products, cigarette smoke, and fuel-burning appliances.
  • When exposed to formaldehyde, some individuals may experience various short-term effects.
  • Formaldehyde has been classified as a known human carcinogen (cancer-causing substance) by the International Agency for Research on Cancer and as a probable human carcinogen by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Research studies of workers exposed to formaldehyde have suggested an association between formaldehyde exposure and several cancers, including nasopharyngeal cancer and leukemia.

Additional Resources

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences NIH-HHS Fact Sheet

Formaldehyde and Cancer Risk, National Cancer Institute, NIH

Report on Carcinogens, Thirteenth Edition, NIH 

 

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