How Safe is Your Stove?

Most people don’t think of their stovetop as a health hazard—yet the natural gas-burning stoves and furnaces ubiquitous in US homes can produce a range of harmful pollutants including particulate matter, nitrogen dioxide (NO2), carbon monoxide, and formaldehyde.
NO2, the most concerning pollutant emitted by gas appliances—has already found that exposure to elevated levels of NO2 was linked to a higher risk of dying from COVID-19.
“The idea that our homes are more polluted than outdoors, even in cities ... is just a staggering fact,” says Brady Seals of the Rocky Mountain Institute. Yet regulations for indoor air quality in the US are virtually nonexistent—armed with mounting evidence, scientists are pushing to change that.

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