Most people today are aware of the potential health risks that many everyday products can pose, and work to avoid them whenever they can. Floor covering products are no exception. When you see the SafeHome Certification logo, you can breathe easy knowing the products you’ve chosen are safe for you and your family.
What is the SafeHome Certification?
All flooring products that bear the SafeHome Certification logo have been tested and certified regarding volatile organic compound emissions. That means you can rest assured that the products you’re working with meet or exceed qualifications for green products that are safe for indoor air quality in your indoor living spaces. Our certified products go a long way in ensuring the air you breathe is safe and quality. When you see that SafeHome logo, you know you don’t have to worry about off-gassing or harmful chemicals making their way into your spaces.
What Exactly are VOCs?
VOCs, or Volatile organic compounds, are released in the form of gases from many materials as they gradually degrade over time. This is referred to as off gassing. VOCs are released in the form of off gassing from carpeting, unsealed wood, paint, caulk, cleaning supplies, pesticides, and many other commonly used products. Although it is impossible to completely eliminate VOCs from your indoor environment, it’s still imperative to do everything possible to limit exposure to these dangerous compounds.
As flooring makes up for a lot of the surface area in indoor spaces, it is a particular concern when it comes to off gassing. Paint cans and cleaning supplies can be stored in cabinets or the garage, but your flooring cannot be tucked away. It is literally always underfoot. Your kids and pets lay on it and play on it daily. Everyone in the household walks on it day in and day out. Its harmful emissions are constantly being released throughout the home. This is why it’s important to always be mindful when selecting these products.
Reduce Exposure to VOCs with SafeHome
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) publishes a list of the health risks associated with many chemicals or VOCs. For example, Formaldehyde is often found in flooring that does not qualify for SafeHome Certification. The EPA considers formaldehyde to be a probable human carcinogen, and source of various health risks.
Generally speaking, VOCs can cause a range of health issues including headaches, respiratory and gastrointestinal problems, liver, kidney and nerve damage, and even cancer. Many people become allergic to one or more of the VOCs releasing gases into the air they regularly breathe at home or at the office. The exposure symptoms can be subtle and hard to diagnose, such as constant fatigue, occasional dizziness, or even issues with memory. Those who are most at risk are young children, seniors, and those with existing health conditions.
While not all VOCs have been studied thoroughly, we do know enough about their dangers to warrant action. It’s important to do everything we can to reduce exposure to these dangerous chemicals within our indoor environments.
Benefits of Using SafeHome-Certified Flooring Products
- Peace of mind knowing the indoor air quality in your home or building is safe
- Employers benefit by protecting their employees and customers while promoting wellness
- Knowing you’re doing your part for the environment and the wellbeing of others
Flooring You Know is Safe
It’s important to be aware of the potential dangers associated with certain types of floor covering products, and the off gassing that can occur. This is why we urge manufacturers to have their products certified for the peace of mind of their customers, and why we urge consumers to look for the SafeHome Certification logo when they shop flooring products. Safety matters.