Household Safety

What are sources of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the home?

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  • APhillip J. Landrigan, MD, Pediatrics, answered on behalf of The Mount Sinai Health System
    Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are found in everyday household items such as paints, paint strippers, varnishes, lacquers, wood preservatives, craft kits, glues, fuels, aerosols, cleaners, pesticides, cigarette smoke, pressed wood products, and dry-cleaned clothes. Formaldehyde, benzene, toluene, perchloroethylene (PERC), and acetone are among the many chemicals that are all considered VOCs.
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