Whilst the smell of paint might be deeply unpleasant to us adults, it can be hazardous to children and babies. Conventional paints, including supposed ‘breathe easy’ and ‘low-VOC’ varieties, are full of harmful chemicals called ‘Volatile Organic Compounds’, VOCs for short. Unless the paint is 100% VOC free (like for instance Little Knights) then these harmful emissions can start to have serious damaging side effects to you and your children’s health.
Here are some common symptoms that occur due to paint fume poisoning:
If somebody is showing any of these symptoms and you suspect your recent DIY might be the cause, then you need to take immediate action:
Unfortunately, long-term exposure to paints containing VOCs, even in low doses, can cause more serious long-standing health issues.
Research has shown that children sleeping in bedrooms containing fumes from conventional and low-VOC water-based paints and solvents are 2 to 4 times more likely to suffer from allergies or asthma.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency has even warned that extended exposure to some VOCs can result in damage to the liver, kidney and central nervous system.
Some VOCs have even been shown to cause cancer in animals, and some are suspected or known to cause cancer in humans.
Next time you want to paint choose a 100% VOC-free paint. This type of paint has been produced to make sure it contains no hazardous chemicals and so therefore does not cause any of the issues mentioned. Try and avoid ‘low-VOC’ paints as these can still contain the most hazardous VOC, called PGEs, and therefore are still damaging to your health.
If you have any questions or concerns about paint fume poisoning then we would be happy to help talk these through with you. Please contact us on 01604 781009 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For a solid, flat and elegant finish that is easy to touch up when required, matte paint is ideal for creating a gentle, soothing finish. It helps to conceal flaws too, making it a good choice for older walls with "character".
Has slightly more lustre than a matte finish, low-sheen rather than shiny. This attractive finish resists stains better than matte paint, and is easier to maintain
Creates an attractive and highly durable high sheen finish, an ideal choice if you want to make a room look bigger. While it is the easiest to clean (just wipe with a damp cloth) Silk paint’s light reflecting properties do make it more difficult to touch up because any difference in sheen will be apparent. It will make imperfections in your walls more noticeable, so it is worth investing a bit of extra time on surface preparation to make your walls as smooth as possible.
Even our gloss paint is zero-VOC! An easy-to-apply, non-drip antibacterial gloss paint that provides a hardwearing, wipe-clean finish for interior and exterior wood and metal. (Please note, the gloss does not share the formaldehyde-absorbing properties of the emulsion paint, but there's still no safer gloss paint on the market!)