INDOOR AIR CONTAMINATED
Indoor air is full of contaminants, dust, gases, mold spores, pollen, animal dander (if you have furry pets), smoke (if you have a smoker). Formaldehyde is one of the worrisome things found in mobile home breathing space.
Furniture, carpeting, paint finishes, cleaning products are a few of the ways formaldehyde gets into mobile home air. The Environmental Protection Agency wants to find out how much and what source is causing the formaldehyde levels and how bad is it?
From their brochure they describe several negative health effects from formaldehyde in the air including sore throat, eye irritation, even cancer.
THE FORMALDEHYDE STUDY
The Air Resources Board is actively seeking people to participate in the "FORMALDEHYDE IN CALIFORNIA MOBILE HOMES STUDY".
Alas, you won't be compensated in cash for the study, but you will receive a copy of the test results for your home from the lab which is worth $100 if you paid for the air test yourself.
You can learn more about the study or volunteer at http://www.arb.ca.gov/research/indoor/formaldehyde.htmhttp://www.arb.ca.gov/research/indoor/formaldehyde.htm
Anyone over 18 years old who is the owner or renter of a mobile home in California may volunteer for the study. I volunteered and received a letter that testing is finished for this season, but I'm being considered for the winter test, they'll let me know.
The study is sampling the mobile homes built by all the manufacturers so no single brand of mobile home is favored over another. There are other criteria which you can learn about by contacting Stephanie Parent, Air Pollution Specialist at (916) 324-0551 or emailing her at spa firstname.lastname@example.org.
Whether or not we're chosen, it will still be useful to see the results of the study. Perhaps they can suggest ways we can achieve more healthful indoor atmosphere to breathe.