Your household appliances are more toxic than you think

Freon, lead, mercury are toxic substances in household appliances that can endanger users.

Electronic devices and household appliances are increasingly popular and necessary in every family. These devices are complex components with hundreds of different materials. Many of them are considered harmful and dangerous to users.

1. Freon


Freon (F12) is the most widely used refrigerant for refrigerator operation. F12 is colorless and odorless. When this concentration is in the air, about 20% of people will not feel it, but if it increases to 80%, people will suffocate and die. Freon also has very strong permeability, easy to leak out through extremely small openings and make it difficult for users to detect. Not only that, when the fire has temperatures above 400 degrees Celsius, Freon will resolve to Phosgene gas (COCl2) which is very toxic to the human nervous system.

2. Lead


According to research by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) experts, CRT bulbs in older displays contain approximately 10,000 tons of lead. Children are particularly susceptible to toxic effects from lead and can be severely and permanently affected, especially affecting the brain and nervous system development.

3. Mercury


Mercury is a familiar substance used in lighting devices and flat screens that are at risk of damaging the brain and central nervous system, especially during early growth in children.  LCD monitors use mercury to create light and transmit it to the eyes of the viewer. Therefore, when the screen is cracked, mercury vapor can escape. Although the level of mercury is not high, there is a risk of side effects such as allergies and skin rashes if exposed regularly.

4. Chromium-6


According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), two popular forms of chromium in the country are Chromium-3 and Chromium-6. Chromium-3 which is a common nutrient in many vegetables, fruits, cereals helps boost insulin as well as helps the body metabolize carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. However, Chromium-6 is the opposite of its "brother". This is a carcinogen, extremely toxic to humans, used in metal household products. Research on Chromium-6 has shown that this substance causes liver damage, reproductive problems and greater risks for infants and children, those who take antacids, and those with poor liver function. When these products are stored improperly, such as having high heat or storing in excessive quantities in wet places, the toxic substances have the opportunity to spread in the air.

5. Bromine


The human body contains about 260 grams of bromine. This factor should accompany food, as it engages in the work of various organs and human body systems. However, at high concentrations, bromine causes memory impairment and general inhibition, dizziness, nasal bleeding, mucosal irritation and, in more severe cases, respiratory and choking spasms.

By: Olivia Swift

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