Toxic fumes

Toxic fumesAllergies and poisoning by inhalation may cause evaporation from the surface of the materials from which made the furniture. These vapours are often have a strong odor.

Odors, cause allergies and poisoning

That odour from furniture made of particleboard, mostly linked with formaldehyde – a strong allergen. By inhalation is irritating to the eyes (they turn red and watery) and the mucous membranes of the upper respiratory tract (the feeling of sore throat, there is a dry cough). In particularly susceptible people can happen spasm and edema of the larynx, to develop shortness of breath, bronchitis, pneumonia. Particle Board emits formaldehyde over 10 years, and especially strongly in the first half. The level of formaldehyde emission measured by emission class E as specified in hygienic certificate on the furniture. It is believed that if the furniture is made of chipboard class E1, the sustainability of such material comparable to natural wood. Unfortunately, the European quality certificate and Russian certificate of conformity, cannot guarantee that the furniture will not cause allergic reactions, as sensitivity to formaldehyde of different people.

When buying furniture made of particleboard, checking her health certificate, it is necessary to pay attention to the quality of the finish: is it a good isolated (shaded or covered with laminate) edge portions of the plates, whether sealed joints, whether processed chips. Prior to Assembly of furniture from chipboard to prevent harmful vapors can be coated with silicone raw ends furniture parts.

Smell from furniture, lacquered or paint, is associated primarily with used solvent, its volatility and quantity. Most often used as solvents dichloroethane, acetone, benzene, butyl acetate, xylene, carbon tetrachloride, etc. All they have on the body negative effects through the respiratory tract and the skin, the substances that entered the body through the respiratory tract, cause most of the damage as well as more quickly into the bloodstream.

As a result of prolonged inhalation of solvent vapour may occur poisoning that happens headache, dizziness, drowsiness, increased irritability, nausea and vomiting. Some solvents irritate the mucous membranes of the eyes and upper respiratory tract, can cause skin diseases (dermatitis).

What to do?

It is especially important to ventilate the apartment in those cases where the Allergy causing chemical irritant – like odor coming from furniture, usually new. May even need to call sanitary service to take air samples and test them for the presence of harmful substances. People sensitive to such odors may have to abandon such furniture or wait until the smell will not go away naturally. It is important to frequently ventilate the room where the furnishings and less likely to happen – this will allow you to avoid allergies and to save your favorite sofa or chair.