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Dangers of Formaldehyde in the Home

When most people think of formaldehyde, they think of the pungent substance used to preserve specimens in a biology teacher’s lab. However, formaldehyde could also be present in many different areas in your home. Tragically, this nearly colorless gas is poisonous to humans and can cause serious lung problems.

Although formaldehyde poisoning might seem unlikely, it is not as improbable as you may think. In fact, according to FEMA, 206 out of 120,000 travel trailers and mobile homes given to Hurricane Katrina victims had excessive formaldehyde levels, resulting in health issues for the inhabitants. If you or someone you know has suffered from formaldehyde poisoning, contact the Wisconsin personal injury lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, today at 800-242-2874 to learn more about your legal options.

Sources of Formaldehyde

Formaldehyde is not just for embalming fluid anymore. It has proved to be useful as a chelating agent, which works as a bonding material for metals. Thus, it could be present in many different areas of the home, including:

  • Wood paneling
  • Particleboard
  • Fiberboard
  • Glues
  • Tobacco smoke
  • Urea-formaldehyde foam insulation
  • Plastic
  • Artificial silk
  • Dye
  • Mirrors
  • Pressed drapes

Formaldehyde and Your Body

Formaldehyde gas can be inhaled, absorbed through the skin and eyes, or even ingested. When these occur, your body can be affected in several different ways. Signs of formaldehyde poisoning include:

  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Watery or stinging eyes
  • Bronchitis
  • Pneumonia
  • Asthma attacks
  • Rash/skin irritation

Additionally, formaldehyde has been shown to cause cancer in animals, which may indicate that it is carcinogenic to humans as well.

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Your home should be a place of comfort and relaxation, not a source of health problems. If you or a loved one has been sickened by unhealthy levels of formaldehyde, you should speak to a lawyer about your rights. For a free case evaluation, contact the Wisconsin personal injury lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, today at 800-242-2874.

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