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TAKE THE HEALTHY HOME QUIZ

1. According to EPA, North America's worst Air Pollution is

A. Inside the Home

B. Outside the Home

According to EPA, North America's worst Air Pollution is inside our homes. Airborne hazardous and toxic chemicals inside urban and rural homes arewith concentrations 2-5 times higher than levels outdoors.

2.) According to a 15 year study which type of people suffer a higher death rate from cancer?

A. Women who work at home

B. Men who work with asbestos

C. People who work in Factories

According to a 15 year study women who work at home suffer a 55% higher death rate from cancer than women who work outside the home.

3.) What is the leading cause of poisonings in the home for children under the age of 6? Liquid Dish Detergent

Liquid Dish Soap is the leading cause of poisonings in the home for children under the age of 6 (over 2.1 million accidental poisonings per year) (containsformaldehyde and ammonia in most brands). You could probably say from this that Dawn Dish Detergent is the #1 poisoner since it is the TOP SELLINGBrand.

4.) When buying products in the grocery store, can we know they are safe by the ingredients on the label? True/False

When we pick up a product at the local grocery store, most of us would like to think we are getting something that has been tested and proven to be safe.You would think we have laws to protect our health and safety but there is no law that requires manufacturers to list the exact ingredients on the packagelabels of consumer products In fact, chemical names are often disguised by using harmless sounding "trade names" so even if the chemical IS on the label,you may not recognize it for what it is. Often times the inactive ingredients are the most harmful.

5.) Companies that claim to use "all natural" ingredients have the best products for our family and the environment? Not Necessarily!

Some companies claim to use all natural ingredients but in today's marketing the term "natural" is often misused. Natural doesn't necessarily mean"healthy" or even "safe". After all "arsenic" is natural.

6.) In consumer products, the most harmful ingredients are the active or inactive ingredients? Trick Question - It could be "either" .

Active ingredients in products such as Lysol, Tide, Cascade, etc. can be very harmful. Interestingly enough, a company is not required to list all of theinactive ingredients in their products which are often covered by the same "trade secret laws" like Coca Cola. However in some products the inactiveingredients can actually be more hazardous to your health then the active ingredients. You may never know from the label!

7.) Name 3 ways harmful chemicals can enter the human body? Ingestion, Inhalation, Absorption Through the Skin

8.) Which of these ways do you believe is the most common form of poisoning? Inhalation

Most people think of "ingestion" when they think of poisoning. Although this is common, poisoning by inhalation is actually more common. Whensomething harmful is swallowed, the stomach actually begins breaking down and neutralizing the poison before it is absorbed through the blood stream.But when you inhale toxic fumes, the poisons go directly into the bloodstream and quickly travel to organs like the brain, heart, liver, and kidneys. Manyproducts give off toxic vapors which can irritate your eyes, nose, throat, and lungs, give you headaches, muscle aches, and sinus infections. The processof releasing vapors into the air is called outgassing. This occurs when a chemical is tightly sealed in its container. You can notice this when walking downthe cleaning aisle at your local grocery store. Many medicines work by being absorbed into the bloodstream through the skin. Look at the Nicotene patch.Any chemical that touches the skin can be absorbed and spread throughout the body. This can even happen when you come in contact with a surface thatwas treated with a chemical days, or even weeks earlier. Some cleaning products leave a dangerous lingering toxicity. This can be as simple as a youngchild crawling across a floor that was mopped with a cleaner even days earlier.

9.) Ever heard of Formaldehyde? It is a cheap preservative but also listed as a possible carcinogen. EXPLAIN MSDS The MSDS for formaldehydewarns that it may be fatal if inhaled, swallowed, or absorbed through skin; causes burns, inhalation can cause spasms, fluid buildup of the larynx andbronchi, and extremely destructive to tissue of the mucous membrane. Which of these products do you think contains formaldehyde?

A. Johnsons's Baby Shampoo

B. Dove Soap

C. Toothpastes

D. All of the above

If you look at labels you will not find the word "formaldehyde" on the label. For example... Quaternium 15 is a formaldehyde releasing agent and isfound in many personal care soaps, shampoos, toothpastes etc.

10.) Many people have been told to beware of aerosols… why?

A. They send a fine mist of toxic chemicals into the air that is easily inhaled and absorbed

B. A coating of toxic chemicals are left on surfaces where children crawl and play and adults eat and sleep

C. You might get burnt

D. Aerosol cans can explode

E. All of the above

All of the above! The chemical ingredients of many aerosol sprays are toxic, and the fine mist makes them easy to be inhaled and absorbed which can bemore harmful than ingestion. Some products may have active ingredients that are not harmful in themselves, but the cans they are sprayed from often usepropellants that are toxic. For example, vinyl chloride - one of the most common propellants - can cause dizziness, lack of coordination, headaches,blurred vision, nausea, and even death. Additionally, the propellants used are often highly flammable and could be accidentally ignited easily. Finally,even old aerosol cans have been known to explode when punctured. One 8 year old boy used a hammer and nail to puncture an old aerosol can. The canexploded, hurling pieces of metal into his face and upper chest, cutting him severely.

11.) The leading cause of death among children ages one to four is:

A. Accidental shooting

B. Accidental poisoning

C. Birth defects

According to the March of Dimes, one in twelve children is born with a congenital defect. Environmental factors, including exposure to toxic chemicals,cause 7% to 11% of these defects. Sixty percent of birth defects have unknown causes. Toxic chemicals are suspected in these cases as well.

Provided by: EPA

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