Friday, August 13, 2010

An Invisible Killer?
Beautiful dashboard, right? Wouldn't mind driving these wheels, right? Here's the hitch. Whether your car looks like the inside of a plane's cockpit or not, it's an invisible killer. Or could be. Consider this daily scenario. This could be you. Your children. Your family. Your loved ones. Your friends.
You have somewhere to go--work, shopping, shuffling the kids between events--whatever your day brings, at some point, mid-morning, you park your car. It's summer hot, humid, and uncomfortably muggy outside. Inside your car you could boil an egg. Temperature nears high 90s. We've all been there, right.
That's the beginning of the invisible killer. Your dashboard and all the plastic in your car sweats. Benzene. An invisible killer. Now you turn your air-conditioning on, and the benzene circulates throughout your car. If your car is parked outdoors, and the temperature is 60 degrees Fahrenheit, the benzene level rises to 2000-4000 mg, 40 times the acceptable level. You are inhaling a toxin in the name of air-conditioning comfort.
Benzene is a known carcinogen. It causes cancer. Add to the list asthma, anemia, and diminishing white blood cells. According to the CDC, it can affect birth rates, bone formation, and your immune system. It can attack your kidneys and liver. It can cause a miscarriage. Prolonged exposure can cause leukemia. And you never see it happening, often until it's too late.

Looking for a simple solution. Open the windows and doors of your car. Give the interior of your car time to dispel the deadly stuff--before you enter.

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