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Homeowners Warned of Formaldehyde Exposure Following Chemical Spill

IAQ Index™ provides easy to use test kits to identify formaldehyde and other indoor contaminants in homes, offices and schools.


Last month, residents of North Bay in Ontario were warned of potential formaldehyde dangers in their home.  This resulted following a tanker truck crash that spilled its cargo of formaldehyde into the lake that provides drinking water for many area residents.  The truck driver died during the accident and investigators are working to determine if his death was caused by the accident or due to exposure to the spilled formaldehyde.
People in the area were told to be aware of drinking contaminated water.  This contaminated water could also off-gas formaldehyde from sinks, tubs, showers and toilets into the air in people’s homes.
Although tanker spills contaminating drinking water reservoirs may not be an everyday occurrence, there are many sources of formaldehyde in most homes, businesses and schools.  The chemical is quite commonly used in numerous building materials and even some consumer goods.
Formaldehyde is a sensitizing agent that can cause an immune system response upon initial exposure. It is also a cancer hazard according to several health and government agencies. “Acute exposure to formaldehyde is highly irritating to the eyes, nose, and throat and can make people exposed cough and wheeze,” reported Bruce Jacobs, CIH, President of IAQ Index, an indoor air quality and formaldehyde test kit manufacturer.  “Subsequent exposures may cause severe allergic reactions of the skin, eyes and respiratory tract.  It is important that people not be exposed to elevated levels of this chemical.”
IAQ Index supports an educational video about the dangers of exposure to formaldehyde that can be seen at:
To learn more about testing for formaldehyde or other indoor air quality contaminants, please visit IAQ Index at, email or call (888) 259-3883.
About IAQ Index
IAQ Index was developed by a Certified Industrial Hygienist with decades of experience dealing with indoor air quality issues.  IAQ Index was developed as a health-based, easy-to-understand, air quality index that is calculated from data generated for various parameters commonly measured during IAQ surveys.  The approach is similar to the EPA’s Air Quality Index that has been used historically to communicate the risks posed by common pollutants in the ambient air.


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