Fresh air does not smell of fragrance

Frisk luft lukter ikke av parfyme.


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Batteridrevne lys – Battery-powered candles

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Frisk luft og kos med lys

Ofte om man har sensitive luftveier da må man avstå fra meget i livet. De senere år har det komt mange varianter av batteridrevne lys, kubbelys, telys osv. Du kan altså ha kos med lys på bordet uten å forurense luften inne.

Da man brenner vanlige lys eller duftlys da spres mange forskjellige kjemiske stoffer til luften som helse- og miljøskadelige stoffer som for eksempel krom, muskxylen, karbondioksid (CO2), nitrogendioksid (NO2), tungmetaller, nanopartikler, Lettflyktige organiske stoffer (forkortes VOC fra engelsk volatile organic compounds) natrium og kalium salter m.m. Lys av parafin avgir mer partikler enn rene stearinlys. I et laboratoriestudie med blåfarget parafin lys kan forhøyede nivåer av metaller som kobber, kobolt, bly og sink m.m. måles i luften.

Ved brenning av telys og stearinlys vil en del av stearinet forbrenne ufullstendig og danne sotpartikler i luften. Noen (men ikke utelukkende disse) av de lys som avgir skadelige stoffer til inneluften er er stearinlys, parafinlys, duftlys, glimmerlys, gelelys, lys med påtrykt dekor, soyalys, bivoks- eller palmelys m.m. Alt man brenner avgir stoffer til luften.

“Brænder du stearinlys i to timer om dagen, står de for næsten to tredjedele af den samlede indendørs forurening.” Videnskap.dk

Stearinlys kan gi samme inneluft som moderat røyking innendørs og i alle fall tilsvarende bidrag man kan få fra utendørsluftforurensning, det er derfor viktig å unngå å brenne lys inne. Hver gang du blåser ut et telys, frigjøres 350 000 sotpartikler – det er like mye som fra en sigarett! Når stearinlys brenner vil en del av stearinet forbrenne ufullstendig. Dette delvis forbrente kullholdige materialet vil danne sotpartikler i luften. Disse partiklene består av en kompleks blanding av stoffer, fra rent kull til sammensatte organiske forbindelser. Flere lys i et rom med dårlig ventilasjon kan føre til luftveisirritasjoner, astmabesvær, svimmelhet og hodepine. Mens stearin er en fornybar råvare, er parafin en fossil råvare som slipper ut skadelige klimagasser og avgir flere sotpartikler. Parafin er i tillegg mer brannfarlig. Undersøkelser viser at vi, dersom vi ikke hadde brukt parafinlys, ville redusert klimagassutslippene tilsvarende det å fjerne 21 000 biler fra veiene. Duftlys er verstingen for astmatikere og allergikere, de sprer stoffer til luften som er allergiframkallende, irriterende på luftveiene og utløser astmaanfaller. Disse lysene lukter godt, men gjør ikke kroppen noen tjeneste. En undersøkelse ved Københavns universitet, basert på 78 personer i 58 boliger i København viser at bruk av brennende lys kan være farlig: Forskerne observerte nedsatt lungefunksjon og tegn på betennelse i lungene hos personer i hjem hvor det er mange partikler fra levende lys. Ifølge overlege Kåre Refvem, som er spesialist i lungesykdommer og indremedisin, er det ingen tvil om at sotpartiklene man puster inn fra levende lys påvirker lungene. Det er en del mennesker som reagerer på slike sotpartikler, det skjer en reaksjon når man blir eksponert for forurenset luft: Slimhinnen blir irritert, det dannes mer slim og det kan forekomme en betennelsesprosess i bronkiene. I praksis, over tid, kan hyppig bruk av telys og andre levende lys blant annet forverre en tilstand av kols eller astma, og noen holder seg til og med hjemme fra selskaper, for å unngå alle lysene.
Barn har sensitive og mer følsomme luftveier enn voksne uansett om de har astma, allergi eller andre sjukdommer som gir dem sensitive luftveier. Barn som vokser har en hurtigere pust enn det voksne har og trekker inn mer luft hyppigere enn voksne. Både barn og voksne med luftveisproblemer og allergier har en bedre helse om man unngår å brenne levende lys.

Lysene i videoen herover kjøpte jeg på Jernia, de går på to AA batterier og de tennes med en fjernkontroll. Du eller barnen kan altså sitte trygt i sofan og tenne lysene på avstand, og de  er helt parfymefrie og sotfrie, og du kan være trygg på at det ikke begynner å brenne i duker og gardiner.

God luft inne.

Les også

TV2 Hjelper deg tester lys
http://www.tv2.no/2015/03/12/underholdning/luftkvalitet/levende-lys/6674021

Helsereaksjoner ved bruk av tente lys
http://www.nrk.no/telemark/linda-er-allergisk-mot-stearinlys-1.11381330

Myter om forskjellige typer lys
https://www.bolius.dk/5-myter-om-stearinlys-passer-de-24936/

Kilde: Wikipedia, Strømvippa.no, Folkehelseinstituttet, VG, NDLA, Er det farlig.no, Videnskap.dk , Bolius

In English

Clean air and cozy with candles

If you have sensitive airways it is rather often you have to avoid things in life, but in recent time it have been produced battery-powered candles in many different kinds. Therefor you can have that cozy time and fresh air at the same time.

When you burn regular candles og scented candles many health and environmental hazardous chemicals are delivered to the air for example chromium, musk xylene, carbon dioxide (CO2), nitrogen dioxide (NO2) heavy metals, nanoparticles, Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) sodium o potassium salts and more. Candles made of paraffin produce even more particles than pure stearin candles. In a laboratory study with blue-colored paraffin candles is elevated levels of metals such as copper, cobalt, lead and zinc and more measured in the air.

When burning candles a portion of the stearic burn incompletely and form soot particles in the air. Some (but not exclusively these) of the candles emitting harmful substances to indoor air are stearin candles, paraffin candles, scented candles, glimmer candles, gel candles, candles with printed decoration, soya candles, bee wax or palm candles and such. Everything is burnt do emit substances into the air.

“If you burn candles for two hours a day, they account for almost two thirds of the total indoor pollution.” Videnskap.dk

Candles can provide the same indoor air pollution that moderate smoking indoors and at least equivalent contribution one can get from outdoor air pollution. It is therefore important to avoid burning candles indoors. Every time you blow out a light, released 350,000 soot particles – it is as much as from a cigarette! When candle burning, part of stearin burn incompletely. This partially combusted carbonaceous material will form soot particles in the air. These particles consist of a complex mixture of substances, from clean coal to complex organic compounds. More candles in a room with poor ventilation can cause respiratory irritation, asthma symptoms, dizziness and headache. While stearin is a renewable raw material, paraffin is a fossil raw materials that emit harmful greenhouse gases and emit more soot particles. Paraffin is also more flammable. Studies show that we, if we had not used paraffin candles, would have reduced greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to removing 21,000 cars from the roads. Scented candles are worst fumes for asthma and allergy sufferers, they spread substances to air that are allergenic, irritating to the airways and trigger asthma attacks. These candles smell good but do not do your body any service. A survey by the University of Copenhagen, based on 78 people in 58 homes in Copenhagen shows that the use of burning candles can be dangerous: The researchers observed reduced lung function and signs of inflammation in the lungs of people in homes where there are many particles of candlelight. According to consultant Kåre Refvem, who specializes in lung diseases and internal medicine, there is no doubt that the soot particles they inhale from candlelight affects the lungs. There are some people who react to such soot particles, there is a reaction when exposed to polluted air: The mucus membranes becomes irritated, forming more mucus and there be an inflammatory process in the bronchi. In practice, over time, the frequent use of candles and other candles including aggravate a condition of COPD or asthma, and some remain even home from social events, to avoid all the lights.

Children are sensitive and got more sensitive airways than adults whether they have asthma, allergies or other diseases that give them sensitive airways or not. Children who grow have a faster breathing than adults have and draws in more air more frequently than adults. Both children and adults with respiratory problems and allergies have a better health if you avoid burning candles.

The lights in the video in this blog post I bought at Jernia store, they run on two AA batteries and they can be lid using a remote control. You or your child (if you have children) can therefore sit comfy and safely in sofa and light the lights from a distance and they are completely fragrance-free and soot free, and you can be assured that it does not begin to burn in tablecloths and curtains.

Fresh air indoors.

Pleas also read (you may need a translater)

TV2 Hjelper deg! test candles http://www.tv2.no/2015/03/12/underholdning/luftkvalitet/levende-lys/6674021

Health problems using burning candles
http://www.nrk.no/telemark/linda-er-allergisk-mot-stearinlys-1.11381330

Killing myths about burning different types of candles
https://www.bolius.dk/5-myter-om-stearinlys-passer-de-24936/

Source: Wikipedia, Strømvippa.no, Folkehelseinstituttet, VG, NDLA, Er det farlig.no, Videnskap.dk , Bolius


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Help someone with asthma

What to do?

You can actually make a huge difference for everyone having asthma so they become more healthy and get a better life. Yes You!

What is asthma?

How to recognize asthma?

I know this person

If you know the person, ask what the person can not tolerate, allergies and other stuff they get sick from. When a person have asthma even things they are not allergic to can make their airways kick back and make trouble in form of an asthma attack. When you know what the person get sick from keep this away from the person at all times. If it is something you use yourself. STOP! even if you think in your own mind that it must be a silly thing.

I do not know this person

Around you there are many people who have asthma. One count that about 20-25 % of the population in a country have asthma. Worldwide (numbers from 2011) 300 million people have asthma, in Europe (counting from 2014) approximately 30 million people have asthma, and it is estimated that around 2036 about 400 million people will have asthma worldwide (information from World Health Organization WHO, Ginasthma.com, and EFA). In Norway for example there is in 2015 about 5 million people. 20 % out of 5 million people (counting low) is 1 million people who have asthma (5.000.000 x 0,20 = 1.000.000). How many live in your country? Count how many ( x million people times 0,xx equals?) So you see out of the hundred of people you see around you about 20 of those have asthma. And that is if we count low with 20 %. That is 20 people! So what can you do for all of those?

The nature of asthma is like this:

A person can be allergic to different things that causes asthma attacks, and in addition there are substances that causes irritation to the airways in the lungs causing asthma attacks even if the person is not allergic to them. Asthma comes in 4 different levels from mild to severe. Asthma can be deadly. To live you must be able to breathe, and the nature of asthma is trouble breathing. Think about this when you travel in the room where the public have access, and also in your home if your friends or family have asthma.

Common triggers for asthma:

  • Tobacco smoke
  • Vaping – some but not all react to vaping
  • Fragrance (both male and female scents) – both from the bottle and added to other products.
  • Incense
  • Scented candles and candles
  • Air fragrance, also known as signature scent
  • Airfreshener – what you use to hide bad odor or to fragrance the room
  • Animals – most common is fur and birds. But remember that it is not only the fur and the feathers that is source for the allergy, saliva and skin dandruff too.
  • Food – most commonly known is nuts and peanuts and that is both the whole nut or added to food and oils. Nut allergy can be fatal both taken in and airborne. But even milk, egg, fish and other foods can give such reaction both by eating it and airborne.
  • Exhaust from vehicles, both diesel and gasoline, and maybe others. Gas – actually most people have it bad from gas, but people with asthma have it even worse since they do not tolerate even smaller amounts.
  • Gassing from stuff – it can be gas from filling petrol, diesel, oil, alcohols, solvents, new plastic, cleaning products, ammonia, among many other things.
  • Dust of various kinds, not only house dust.
  • Pollen
  • Flowers
  • Grass
  • Evaporates

So how can you make the world better for a person having asthma to avoid the person get an asthma attack? It is actually rather easy.

  • Do not smoke or vape around other people. Smoke outside away from entrances and ask before you light a cigarette or e-cigarette.
  • Cut out the fragrance and fragranced products, only use fragrance free. The emissions, pollution, from fragrance and fragrance products cause asthma attacks. If you use fragrance and someone tells you to stay clear it is not to be rude it is to stay healthy.  Take the hint and go fragrance free.
  • Do not use incense, it pollutes the air. A sensitive person gets asthma attacks from it (even outdoors). If a person tells you not to use it, it is not to be rude, it is not to be against your religion, it is to stay healthy.
  • Do not use candles and scented candles since they emit a lot of invisible chemicals to the air that triggers an asthma attack. And the smoke from putting them out is just as bad.
  • Airfresheners, products giving away scent and signature scent for marketing is a big no! no! it goes under the same as Fragrance.
  • Turn the engine off as soon as you have stopped the car.
  • Think of fire smoke and other kinds of smoke, gas and off-gassing as pollution and keep such away from others. Ask before you do something that can emit to the air.
  • Avoid if possible to bring animals where there are a lot of people. A rather big percent of the 20 % of the population is allergic. That also goes for your clothes if  you have been around animals. Change your clothes to allergen free clothes and wash yourself.
  • Flowers are lovely, unfortunately many is allergic, so if possible try to keep the flowers packed in during transport home. And if you are going to give someone flowers, ask if they are allergic to it before buying it. Maybe something else is a better gift?
  • Dust and dirty – Keep the place clean from dust, but use as less chemicals as possible to get as clean air as possible. Cleaning and washing agents goes under the same as fragrance products, it causes asthma attacks. Go fragrance free here!
  • Pollen, yes it is a natural thing and not your fault. What you can do is to think of all that is allergic to it, do not brush or dust it off indoors, and if someone tells you to hand your coat outside it is not to be rude it is to stay healthy.
  • Food – Avoid eating where other people travel the society. Of cource you can eat in a restaurant or a cafe’, but avoid eating other places. Rather many get sick from airborne food emits, and when you eat you might get it on handles, seating, doors and so on, and the next one get it on their hands and then in their mouth for example (grown and children).

Remember that things that emits and evaporates to the air can be for sensitive people as pollution regardless of the smell. It is not the smell that hurts it is what is in the smell. We are constructed to breathe air, nothing else. If someone tells you – No!, it is not to be rude, it is to stay healthy. Avoid to have things that evaporate and emits to the air where the public is. Make the air as fresh as possible without additives, additives that is for all of us sensitive nothing more than pollution. Maybe it is a new way of thinking for you, but regardless what you think of it, it is all sensitive persons reality. If you adopt the way of thinking you can make the air cleaner and fresher for us all to breathe. In that way you can help us stay healthy. In polluted air we get sick, in fresh air we are healty. It is that simple. Have a nice day. / Annelie


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Put out a candle

Putting out a candle by blowing it out will give you a lot of smoke bad for you. Smoke from a candle holds about as many bad particles as tobacco smoke so you should avoid inhaling it. There are tools for putting out candles and prevent the smoke. but left without a way to prevent that, what do you do?

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1 in 4 people have asthma and in addition to those people with other lung diseases. Most of these people use inhalers to manage the illness, but the lid of a Turbuhaler is useful for other things like putting out a candle smoke free.

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Take the lid off and swiftly put it over the candle, if you do it slowly the lid may melt since it is made from plastic, so do it swiftly. Then let is stay on the candle for a bit. Don’t lift it because then you let smoke out.

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There a smoke free room.

ps. See to that you always use candles from pure stearine and not parrafine or scented caandles. Pure stearine is better, but of course electric candles is best for the indoor  air.

/ Annelie