What is that stinky smell? Formaldehyde
Formaldehyde is a colorless gas that is flammable at room temperature. It has a pungent and distinct odor that may cause a burning sensation to the eyes, nose and lungs at high concentrations.
Formaldehyde is a pollutant produced by human activity and natural sources. Formaldehyde is widely used to make resins for wood products, cardboard, and paper. It is also used as an preservative and a is a component of embalming fluid. Formaldehyde is mostly found in the air and can be released into the atmosphere by power plants, manufacturing facilities and automobile exhausts. Building materials, consumer products and tobacco smoke can release formaldehyde into indoor air.
Breathing air containing formaldehyde is the primary route of exposure. Irritation of the eyes, nose and throat are the most common health problem in people exposed to formaldehyde. Some plants such as aloe can absorb formaldehyde and make excellent additions to the home or office.
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