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Can VOC'S Affect Our Homes? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Helen Melendez   
Saturday, 18 May 2013 01:21

VOC'S can be found anywhere you products such as paints, paint strippers, and other solvents are used; wood preservatives; aerosol sprays; cleansers and disinfectants; moth repellents and air fresheners; stored fuels and automotive products; hobby supplies; dry-cleaned clothing. Studies have found that home levels of several organics average 2 to 5 times higher indoors than outdoors. During and for several hours immediately after certain activities, such as paint stripping, levels may be 1,000 times background outdoor levels.

What parts of the body are affected by them? The eyes, nose, and throat irritation are one common way; headaches, loss of coordination, nausea; damage to liver, kidney, and central nervous system. Some organics can cause cancer in animals; some are suspected or known to cause cancer in humans. Key signs or symptoms associated with exposure to VOCs include conjunctival irritation, nose and throat discomfort, headache, allergic skin reaction, dyspnea, declines in serum cholinesterase levels, nausea, emesis, epistaxis, fatigue, dizziness.

- By USA EPA

 

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