Archive for the 'Health and Safety' Category

Indoor air polluted by paint fumes? Not for me, thank you

So I asked the guys at my local paint store about no-VOC and low-VOC paints. As you may know, VOC stands for volatile organic compounds, but you could also call them volatile chemical compounds. They are emitted as gases from paints and glues and sealants and other products and make people sick. Or, as the [...]

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Bedrooms blunders that hinder sleep

A lot has been written lately about insomnia. An L.A. Times piece asks "Can insomnia kill?" and author Gayle Greene wonders if Heath Ledger’s death was due to insomnia and the subsequent overload of insomnia drugs. Greene is a professor at Scripps College in Claremont and the author of "Insomniac," a first-person account of living [...]

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EPA issues new rules to protect kids from lead during remodels

Sixteen years ago, Congress told the Environmental Protection Agency to do something about the lead-tainted dust that seeps into the air during renovations of houses built before 1978. Perhaps spurred on by recent recalls of lead-taineted toys from China, this week the EPA finally issued new rules requiring contractors to take additional precautions when it [...]

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Tragic fire in Long Beach: Sleeping rooms without a window or door to the outside are illegal

Two girls died in a fire this morning in Long Beach and reports in an article initially stated that the garage in which they were sleeping was legally converted to living space. Later, Long Beach Fire Capt. Mike Duree said the garage was not permitted for residency. Specifically, the garage was divided into two spaces, [...]

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