My daughter wants to do some indoor painting and she's about 5 months
into her pregnancy. How dangerous are the latex paint fumes for this
situation? Is there any type of resonably priced mask that can filter
out these fumes?
Those masks hide the odor, they do not filter the harful particles. You
would need a full respirator mask similar to this
But even this only reduces what you will take in, not be 100%
latex paint fumes are. If it were my relative painting while pregnant,
and I couldn't do it for her, I'd absolutely insist on thorough
ventilation, I'd definitely suggest low-VOC paint (we used a
"kids-room" paint by one of the big-name brands that had noticably
lower odors), and I'd recommend a mask for organic solvents if
possible. (Any mask with a carbon filter should help, but one that's
just for dust or particles won't do a thing).
Hope this helps,
Paint is toxic, even latex. Don`t paint, or paint and have her move
out. How long? I dont know contact a doctor and paint companies, but I
would say with open fresh air, not AC and a closed house one or two
weeks. with a closed house maybe a month. I used to paint for a living,
even latex makes you sick. Just read a paint can label, it has warnings
about breathing vapor, sure it dries fast, but as it cures it releases
chemicals and with modern chemistry and ever improving paints you have
no idea what is in paint.
IMO, comparing a professional (who is exposed constantly to all kinds
of paint fumes, scraped paint dust and other stuff 50 hours a week, 52
weeks a year to) an amateur (who spends two hours painting her bedroom)
Assuming it's latex paint, tell her to keep the area well ventilated
(i.e. put a box fan blowing out in a window in the room - I wouldn't
recommend her painting a small closet with the door closed.) and take a
break every hour for fresh air. She'll be fine. CHECK THE CAN FOR
Even if the area is well ventilated, and she's wearing a mask, etc...is
that REALLY something you want to take a chance on? Is painting the
room REALLY more important than the possible health implications for
her unborn child??
When I read your post, I decided to check out the MSDS sheet for one
common flat latex paint. Looks like the most serious hazard is in the
dust from sanding dry latex paint. Personally, I would paint with good
ventilation and forget about it. The major paint brands have websites
with their products and MSDS sheets listing hazards and protective measures.
There are lots of home maint. products that are hazardous - dust from
paints, patching and filling compounds, that are issues for chronic
exposure and can cause lung disease. A simple dust mask can be used for
these compounds. A heavy duty respirator can impair air flow, and that
probably would not be a good choice for a pregnant woman.
Well, I seem to recall a paint that claimed to release very little
VOC's I am not sure if its on the market. All paint releases bad
chemicals into the air. If you can smell it, your breathing them. How
much damage if any to the fetus is anyones guess. Why chance it?
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