How can I limit formaldehyde exposure in my home?

Alan Greene, MD
There are a few ways to limit formaldehyde exposure in your home, including avoiding certain types of furniture materials and clothing treatments. Watch as pediatrician Alan Greene, MD, explains how to avoid contact with this dangerous carcinogen.

The EPA recommends the use of "exterior-grade" pressed-wood products to limit formaldehyde exposure in the home. Before purchasing pressed-wood products, including building materials, cabinetry, and furniture, buyers should ask about the formaldehyde content of these products. Formaldehyde levels in homes can also be reduced by ensuring adequate ventilation, moderate temperatures, and reduced humidity levels through the use of air conditioners and dehumidifiers.

This answer is based on source information from the National Cancer Institute.

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