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Your furniture at home could be poisoning you. The panel with which it is made emits dangerous gases and chemicals that are hazardous to health. Regulatory bodies in Europe & Japan have laid rules prohibiting the emission of formaldehyde beyond the permissible limit of Euro-1 Standard. Presently India has no such regulation in place, but will surely change in the near future. Formaldehyde is used to develop polymers that are important for bond formation of wood fibres in the making of plywood and other related products. But formaldehyde leaves behind traces of dangerous emissions, which make their way into homes, offices and other places, making it hazardous for health.
 

Harmful effects of Formaldehyde emission

 Short-term EffectsLong-term Effects
 
  • BurningSkin
  • Irritation
  • Severe Coughing
  • Inflammation of the Lungs
  • Irregular Heartbeat
  • Sensitisation
  • Eczema
  • Cancer