Chinese drywall linked to irritation

Posted: 11/24/2009

Chinese-made drywall imported to the US is strongly suspected of causing respiratory irritation and other health complaints, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).  The CPSC said it has received 2,091 reports from consumers in 32 states, the District and Puerto Rico about contaminated drywall in homes. Occupants have complained of rotten-egg smells; irritated eyes, skin and respiratory systems; asthma attacks; and headaches.

The CPSC reported that there is a "strong association" between homes built with Chinese drywall and levels of hydrogen sulfide in the indoor air.  To read the full story in The Washington Post, click here.

Homeowners who believe they may have contaminated drywall should immediately report to the Consumer Product Safety Commission at 800-638-2772 or

Federal and state health experts suggest these steps to improve air quality and reduce exposure to harmful indoor air pollutants:

  • Open windows as much as possible to let in fresh air.
  • Keep the temperature inside homes at the lowest comfortable setting.
  • Run the air conditioner or dehumidifier.
  • Also, spend as much time outdoors in fresh air as possible.
  • Do not smoke, and especially do not smoke indoors. Cigarette smoke contains, among other contaminants, formaldehyde.

Source:  Consumer Product Safety Commission

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