Dangers of Laminate Flooring

04 May

Dangers Of Laminate Flooring Formaldehyde

According to a revised report issued by many government agencies, all people who are exposed to formaldehyde in some laminate flooring could be undergoing adverse health effects. It was also found by the revised report which was released last month that lifetime cancer risk from the laminate flooring was higher than identified in the main version of the report.

The issues are specific to laminate flooring that is sold by Lumber Liquidators and produced in China, said the report which was issued at the U.S. Centers by the National Center for Environmental Health for Disease Control and Prevention and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. Lumber Liquidators is a Toano, Virginia based company which claims to be the “biggest specialty retailer of hardwood flooring in North America.”

According to Lumber Liquidators, they stopped selling the products the previous year.

Why is some laminate flooring dangerous?

Last month, the ATSDR and CDC said it was concluded by the revised report that problems in breathing and irritation could occur in anyone who is exposed to formaldehyde in the tested laminate flooring.

Other dangers:

  • Estimated Lifetime cancer risk could increase from breathing highest levels of formaldehyde from the affected laminate flooring.
  • Irritation
  • Breathing Problems

The CDC also said the American Cancer Society estimates that up to half of the total people, 50,000 of every 100,000 may develop cancer over their lifetime from all causes.

Formaldehyde is a reactive gas that is colorless and is used in many products, including hair and fingernail, furniture and flooring, according to the Consumer Product and Safety Commission. Formaldehyde is mostly used to bind fibers or wood chips into plywood – it is found in glue and resins.

Dr. Genevieve Brauning, who is a family practitioner with Novant Health in Charlotte, North Carolina, says exposure to formaldehyde can cause wheezing, coughing, and asthma-like symptoms.

Formaldehyde has even been classified as a toxic air contaminant by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) because it can cause adverse health effects.


Advice if you have the affected flooring

If you are experiencing eye irritation or breathing difficulty, then please seek medical attention. You should look for different flooring options as well, such as, carpeting, ceramic tile, hardwood, natural linoleum, Eco-friendly green, vinyl, or stone. Bring only the materials that are not toxic to your health. Something that will literally stay with you in your home should be formaldehyde free.


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