WHY IS IT SO DANGEROUS TO IGNORE THE “FISHY” SMELL?

BESIDES BURNING THE HOUSE DOWN, WHY IS IT SO DANGEROUS TO IGNORE THE SMELL?

A little background-
In 1899, British Patent was taken out for using  phenol-formaldehyde resins in electrical insulation.

Famed for its `fishy’ smell when hot, Bakelite* a plastic made from phenol and formaldehyde  resin was widely used as for both heat and electrical insulators.

The malodorous stench is a warning that it can burn your home  down… while you are gone or while you are sleeping.

Formaldehyde has been found to cause seizures. The  Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) advises has been shown to cause cancer in humans. The National Cancer Institute warns of the dangers of formaldehyde.

*Sterncrest Pipe Company produced a smoking pipe with a Redmanol bit
and the bottom portion of the bowl  made of Redmanol a phenol-formaldehyde resin similar to Bakelite.   (Think what happens when the pipe gets hot from the tobacco and someone sucks that straight into their lungs!)

IF YOU WERE HELPED BY THIS INFORMATION:  YOU ARE INVITED TO LEAVE  A COMMENT TO HELP EDUCATE THE MANY OTHERS WHO ARE GOOGLING FOR ANSWERS TO THIS COMMON FISHY PROBLEM. 

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2 Responses to WHY IS IT SO DANGEROUS TO IGNORE THE “FISHY” SMELL?

  1. A chemist says:

    That fishy smell is the HMTA the crosslinking agent in phenolic resins, not the formaldehyde that you are smelling. It’s pretty likely that if something has been sitting in your home from a long time, all of the formaldehyde that was going to off gas will have already done so.

  2. Dave says:

    http://www.idph.state.il.us/envhealth/factsheets/formaldehyde.htm
    Environmental Protection Agency has classified formaldehyde as a probable human carcinogen (cancer causing agent).
    cigarette smoke, plywood, new cabinets and countertops…..read more

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