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7 souces of indoor air pollution: new carpet, broken compact fluorescent lights, new electronics, glues & more

7 souces of indoor air pollution: new carpet, broken compact fluorescent lights, new electronics, glues & more

1.New carpet. Carpet materials can emit a variety of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Tip: If you have carpet installed, ask for low-VOC, formaldehyde-free adhesives. Air out new carpeting for a few days before installing it. After it’s laid, keep windows open in the room and run a fan for two or three days. 2. Broken compact fluorescent lights . If they break, CFLs can emit mercury, a neurotoxin, in small amounts into the air. Carpets cannot be fully cleaned of mercury and vacuums should not be used to pick it up. Tip: Don’t use CFLs in lamps that could easily tip, especially in homes with children or pregnant women. If a CFL breaks, open a window, shut off central air, clear the room for 15 minutes, and follow the EPA cleanup guide . 3. New electronics and other plastic products. Products made with polyvinyl chloride can emit phthalates, which have been linked to hormo...

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