We had a lot of readers on Tuesday about the dangers of wood dust. And the Pinewood Derby! I came across a very informative video from the IAQA which taught me even more:
Wood dust itself can cause:
- Respiratory problems
- Allergic reactions
In fact, in California, Wood Dust is classified as a “known to cause cancer and reproductive toxicity.” That’s the same classification as arsenic, asbestos, diesel exhaust and formaldehyde, among many others. Here’s a link to the complete current list.
What I hadn’t thought about was what comes with the wood dust. Mold and bacteria are present anywhere there is moisture and can definitely travel through the air on a wood dust particles. Serious dangers come with inhaling these contaminants as well as wood dust.
So the bottom line is–PROTECT YOURSELF. Use air filters and face masks to be sure that you are not inhaling wood dust or the contaminants it can carry. Your family will thank you for it and so will we!
Wendy Stackhouse is the Online Community Manager for AirTek Indoor Air Solutions and our affiliate Alliance Environmental Group. We welcome your comments! For more news and tips or to ask questions of our experts, Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter! For updates on environmental services like mold remediation, lead removal and pest control including bed bugs, Like us at Alliance Environmental on Facebook or follow Alliance on Twitter!