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Your DIY Spring Projects Can Be Hazardous to Your Health Warns the Better Business Bureau
CHICAGO, IL- April 23, 2013 - Spring cleaning is here and many people take the opportunity to spruce up their homes by adding a new coat of paint. Due to health and environmental concerns, many people are wary of buying paint that contains VOCs or volatile organic compounds. VOCs are emitted gases made up of different chemicals that may have short- and long- term negative health and environmental affects. The Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois (BBB) warns consumers to take a closer look at what is in their remodeling supplies.
Many people are opting for paint that has low VOCs or VOC free. What they are not aware of is that if they add colorant to these paints many times they are adding the VOCs back in unknowingly. It is important to use both paint and colorant that are labeled VOCs free.
“When remodeling, its is important to not only look at price but also to understand the environmental and health consequences of your choices,” said Steve Bernas, President & CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois.
The Better Business Bureau and Environmental Protection Agency offer ways to minimize VOC’s while remodeling:
- Minimize the use of VOCs inside the house. If doing work inside the house, use low VOCs or VOC free paint. The lower the contact with these products, the better.
- Opt for "exterior-grade" pressed wood products. "Exterior-grade" wood emits lower amounts due to the use of phenol-formaldehyde resins as opposed to urea-formaldehyde resin.
- Provide plenty of ventilation during the painting process. It is important to have an area for the fumes to escape while painting. Even after the process is complete, the fumes still hang in the air.
For more consumer tips you can trust, visit www.bbb.org
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