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There are many materials used in hobbies that can affect the air quality in your home and your lung health. They include paints, glues, dust (e.g. wood dust), cleaning agents and permanent markers. Exposure to these materials can irritate the skin, eyes, and lungs, cause headaches, dizziness, and nausea, as well as loss of consciousness and even death.


  • Read the safety information provided with all products.
  • Work in a well-ventilated area when using these materials – open windows and turn on fans in the area to limit fumes. If possible, install an exhaust fan specifically to address your hobby-related fumes.
  • When appropriate, wear gloves and a dust mask to limit direct exposure to certain materials.
  • When possible, use less toxic materials, such as water-based glue or white glue instead of epoxy glue.
  • Take frequent breaks away from the area to give your lungs a rest from the hobby materials.
  • Buy only the amount of materials you need at one time. Leftover paint and glue can dry out and chemicals can leak out of the containers.
  • Store leftover materials such as paint and glue safely, or dispose them properly at a local hazardous waste facility. 

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