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Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)

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Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are emitted as gases from certain solids or liquids and the EPA has found that VOC concentrations are up to ten times higher indoors than outdoors.

These contaminants can cause headaches, nausea, eye, nose, and throat irritation, and damage to the liver, kidney, and central nervous system. VOC’s have also been known to exacerbater or trigger asthma symptoms.

Sources of VOCs include:

  • paints, paint strippersand other solvents

  • aerosol sprays

  • cleansers and disinfectants

  • moth repellents

  • air fresheners & scented candles

  • stored fuels and automotive products

  • pesticides

The EPA suggests the following steps to reduce VOC exposure:

  1. Increase ventilation when using products that emit VOCs

  2. Meet or exceed any label precautions

  3. Do not store opened containers of unused paints and similar materials inside your home

  4. Use household products according to manufacturer's directions

  5. Make sure you provide plenty of fresh air when using these products

  6. Throw away unused or little-used containers safely; buy in quantities that you will use soon

  7. Keep containers out of reach of children and pets

  8. Never mix household care products unless directed on the label

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