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Your Health Matters

Protect yourself, and those you love, by giving your car an “air bath” before entering.

The benzene fumes emitted from the dashboards, plastic seats, air fresheners and air conditioners in our cars pose a significant threat to our health. Both the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the National Toxicology Program classify benzene as a Class A known carcinogen.

When a car’s doors and windows are closed, benzene levels can spiral from 400 to 4000 mg of benzene (depending on the heat index).

When the temperature is above 60 degrees, a closed car can emit up to 4,000 mg. of benzene fumes. Home benzene levels are considered acceptable at 50 mg. per square foot.

We CAN protect ourselves, our families and pets, by opening doors and windows before entering our cars. This gives the benzene fumes a chance to diffuse and the car to ventilate. Keeping an animal in a closed car with only minimal air circulation poses a threat to their health.

It is safer to keep the windows and doors open before, and a short time after, we turn on the air conditioner. Toxic benzene is found in a wide variety of products, i.e. gasoline, paint, glue, adhesives, pesticides, paint, some art supplies, tobacco smoke, plastics, household cleaning products, drugs, rubber and detergents. Inhalation of benzene can cause short term and long term health problems. Symptoms of benzene exposure may include headache, dizziness, drowsiness, abnormal heartbeat, tremors, convulsions and cancer.

The U.S. center for disease control has said that benzene contact can produce lung, skin, eye irritations and tissue injury. Studies have also shown that benzene exposure may result in reproductive damage. Damage to bone marrow and white and red blood cells have been