Cat eats from chopsticks…well this is definitely one way to make sure our pets does not “hoover” their food like Simon does!
Archive for September, 2011
True or False: Aerosol is bad for the environment?
True or False: Aerosols damage the Earth’s ozone layer?
True or False: Aerosol use has been banned in the US?
In our survey, 90% of the respondents answered True to the three questions above. The actual answers are False.
First, we have to get the definition of “aerosol” understood. Technically, an aerosol is a suspension of fine solid particles or liquid droplets in a gas. Examples are clouds. The word aerosol derives from the fact that matter “floating” in air is a suspension (a mixture in which solid or liquid or combined solid–liquid particles are suspended in a fluid.
Now, why are the answers False to the above questions?
Aerosol is bad for the environment? Aerosols themselves are not bad for the environment. What may or may not be bad for the environment are the propellants used in aerosol cans. More and more companies are using natural propellants like nitrogen that are not a green house gas and not toxic.
Aerosols damage the Earth’s ozone layer? Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) were once often used as an aerosol propellant, but since 1989 they have been banned in the US and replaced in nearly every country due to the negative effects CFCs have on Earth’s ozone layer.
Aerosol use has been banned in the US? No, aerosol spray cans are still produce in the US; CFC were banned in 1989. Look on the grocery shelves and you still find food sprays like PAM, whip cream and many more on the shelves.
So, why after 22 years do we still feel that aerosols are bad?
What do you thin?
The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center compiled a list of the 10 most common hazards to dogs based on the number of calls they are received. I was surprised at some things on the list so I wanted to share them with you.
#1 of 10 – Bleach.
Regular household bleaches contain 3% to 6% sodium hypochlorite; commercial bleaches are typically much more concentrated. Color-safe bleaches contain sodium peroxide, sodium perborates or enzymatic detergents.
Household bleaches can cause skin or eye irritation, mild oral or esophageal burns, or GI irritation. Commercial bleaches can be corrosive and lead to severe stomatitis, pharyngitis, or esophageal ulcerations.
Inhalation exposure to bleach can cuase respiratory irritation, coughing, and bronchospasm. More serious damage can occur when bleach is mixed with ammonia-containing agents, forming chloramine and chlorine gases. Inhaling these gases can lead to a chemical pneumonitis.
This information is from the the “Toxicology Brief” ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center.
Bottom line – Try to avoid using bleach around your pets. If you have to do so, take them out of the room, make sure you completely rinse any bleach away and make sure you air out the room from any fumes completely.