Do you cook with gas? Tips to stay healthy in the kitchen.

August 14, 2013

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(photo from The New York Times)

It seems that we’re always hearing about outdoor air quality with regard to pollution, toxins and global warming – but what about inside the home? A recent study conducted by Berkeley Lab scientists tested the way indoor air quality affects human health – from cognitive ability to personal comfort. And, for those that regularly cook with gas, you might be surprised to see these results! Here are a few tips to prevent poor indoor air quality while cooking. Some of these may seem pretty obvious, but it’s a good reminder to think about the air we’re breathing every day in our homes, especially when cooking with gas.

– Always turn your kitchen fan on
– Cook on the back burners
– Use highest fan setting
– Clean grease traps periodically
– If you don’t have a hood, open windows

Surprising Facts:

– Emissions of nitrogen dioxide in homes with gas stoves exceed the Environmental Protection Agency’s definition of clean air in an estimated 55 percent to 70 percent of those homes.

– Cooking represents one of the single largest contributors, generating particulate matter (formally known as PM2.5) at concentrations four times greater than major haze events in Beijing.

– The population-wide health impact of indoor pollutants is on a par with that of car accidents, and greater than that of traditional concerns like secondhand smoke.

You can see the full study here along with an article, The Kitchen as a Pollution Hazard, published in The New York Times on July 22, 2013.