The wood wall in your home may be a symbol of the home’s history, but it can also harbor a dangerous toxin that can be dangerous to your health, experts say.
The Wood Wall Association of America is hosting a workshop at the University of Southern California’s School of Architecture and Urban Design on Tuesday, Oct. 10, to provide a first-hand look at the toxins found in wood walls.
Wood walls are one of the most important components of a home’s interior design, said Julie M. Johnson, a senior lecturer in architecture at USC’s School and the co-director of the workshop.
It’s an area of the wall that’s traditionally seen as an element of style, said Johnson, who was not involved in the study.
She said the wood walls of some homes are made from recycled materials.
Wood wall dust, she said, is also a common ingredient in paint, and many homeowners use paint to paint their floors.
But even when the wood is reused, it is vulnerable to toxic substances and chemicals, Johnson said.
Wood is a natural material that can contain toxic substances.
When it gets wet, it can collect dust that can contaminate the surrounding environment, she added.
“When you’re doing a home renovation, or you’re putting something in the attic, the wood becomes the building materials,” she said.
She recommends using an oil-based sealant that has been treated with an alkaline solution and then used as a cleaning solution.
Wood products that are a mixture of natural and synthetic materials can contain potentially toxic compounds.
She also recommends avoiding use of chemicals such as paraffin or polystyrene foam that are often used in cleaning products, such as vacuums and air fresheners.
“We have a lot of people who just do not understand how toxic these things can be,” Johnson said, and they’re often the first to tell you that you can get sick from them.
“They say, ‘Oh, I’ve never heard of wood contamination, so I’ll just take care of it.’
The workshop will be held at 6 p.m. “
And I’m not saying it will, but when you’re a homeowner, you need to make sure that you’re using a very low-sulfur product, and you’re also using a really high-salt product.”
The workshop will be held at 6 p.m.
Tuesday at the USC Art Museum, 701 S. First St. in Pasadena, Calif.
Johnson said the workshop will focus on the toxins that are known to cause health problems in humans, such a formaldehyde, aflatoxin and trichloroethylene.
But she said people should be aware that there are some chemicals in wood that can also cause illness in animals.
The materials are typically used as ingredients in cleaning materials, Johnson explained.
But they’re also very potent, and it can damage organs, such it can cause cancer.
“That’s a major concern for people, because that’s really how they think about what is safe,” she added, saying that some people may not even realize they’re ingesting wood products.
“People think that if they clean it, they’re going to clean it and there’s no risk to their health.”
Johnson said she’s not concerned about the toxicity of the wood.
“I just don’t see any problem with it,” she explained.
“It’s the environment that’s causing the problem, so it should be treated accordingly.”
Wood walls can also be used to create space for children, she noted.
A few years ago, Johnson was surprised by the number of kids playing in the backyard.
“Some of the kids were running around and playing with each other, but others were hiding in the trees,” she recalled.
“There was no way that any of them were playing there.”
Johnson added that she worries about the toxins in wood because she is concerned about other health effects.
She added that some of the chemicals found in the wood can be hazardous to people and animals.
“The Wood Wall association of America, as a group, is very concerned about these toxins, and we have been urging the federal government to take action to get these chemicals out of wood,” she noted, noting that the Wood Wall Board of Directors has taken a stance on the issue.
The workshop, which will also include a presentation from Johnson, will also offer a first look at how wood can become a health hazard, she explained, including a look at what toxins can be in wood.
The organization has launched a website that details the dangers of wood, including what to look out for when cleaning and what to do if you find that you or your child have ingested wood.
Wood pollution is a public health issue, Johnson noted, and she urged people to educate themselves on the dangers.
“A lot of times, people think, ‘Well, it’s just my home, I’ll do it myself,'” Johnson said of cleaning the wood,