Indoor air pollutants

Acetone – Is highly flammable but generally recognized to have low acute and chronic toxicity. If inhaled, acetone could cause a sore throat or cough.

Alcohol – The term alcohol originally referred to the primary alcohol ethanol. It is a depressant drug that can slow down the parts of the brain that affect thinking, behavior, and breathing rate.

Ammonia – This toxin can cause eye and throat irritation and is to be found in window cleaner, floor wax, fertilizer, scented salts, and hair salon products.

Benzene – Found in detergents, furniture wax, pesticide, vehicle exhaust, glue, paint. Toxin can cause headaches, eye irritation, drowsiness, and dizziness.

Carbon Monoxide – Often called the silent killer because it has no smell, no taste, and no colour. Low level exposure may cause headache, feel tired, shortness of breath or find your motor functions impaired.

Chloroform – May be released into the air as a result of its formation in the chlorination of drinking water, waste water and swimming pools. Most people are exposed to chloroform in food, drinking water, and indoor air.

Toluene – Is added to gasoline, used to produce benzene, and is used in solvents. Exposure may occur from breathing ambient indoor air. Symptoms include fatigue, sleepiness, headaches, and nausea.

Trichloroethylene – Found in varnishes, paint, and paint remover as well as adhesives and lacquers. It causes headache, nausea, dizziness and vomiting.

Xylene – The cause of throat and mouth infection, headaches, dizziness, and heart complications. This toxin is found in paint, vehicle exhaust and tobacco smoke.