The Hidden Danger in Your Fridge

You may not be aware of it, but there are some pretty powerful and toxic chemicals lurking in your home. Where is lurking you may wonder, well there are many culprits unfortunately, but the big ones I am going to discuss here today can be found in your refrigerator and air conditioner and, pose as big of a threat to, “life on the planet,” as the threat of terrorism according to Secretary of State John Kerry.

Kerry was recently in Vienna negotiation with other nations in regards to our global warming needs moving forward and how to deal with the phasing out of chemicals that are used as refrigerants in basic household and commercial appliances such as our air conditioners and our refrigerators. The culprit in all of this is a chemical called hydroflourocarbons, or HFCs. The chemicals are a robust source of greenhouse gas emissions that many scientist are blaming in a big way for the contribution of greenhouse gasses.  Kerry came out in what can be seen in may ways as a kind of pep talk for negotiators who are working through the weekend to amend a 1987 treaty called the Montreal Protocol to deal with similar chemicals.

Kerry remarks that, “Yesterday, I met in Washington with 45 nations-defense ministers and foreign ministers as we were working together on the challenge of (islamic state) and terrorism. It’s hard for some people to grasp it, but what we are doing here right now is of equal importance because it  has the ability to literally have life on the planet itself.” 

So no doubt the stakes are high and we need to act fact in understanding what is in your refrigerator and finding alternative means of achieving an ideal end. This is not the only product which poses great threat to your health and you should definitely be aware if your home was built before the 1970’s there is a very high chance that your home is insulated with asbestos which is a chemical that has a very high rate of causing mesothelioma and other cancerous diseases. Anther thing to be aware of is the fact that most paints had a high rate of lead in them during this time frame as well and should be taken into consideration before any renovation or removal of paint that may be older than this period.

The Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy is one of the U.S.’s lead negotiators in the discussions in Vienna. She reassured the people there that her goal is to move the HFC agreement into force by the end of this year. This deal could be monumental and would match new EPA regulations and ban HFCs in the US and promote alternative chemicals for the use in appliances. Until then you should be vigilant of your own refrigerator usage and if it is damaged or other ways punctured it is a good idea to avoid direct bodily contact with any liquid inside, and it should be avoided from injecting any food it came into contact with. Better yet just throw out the whole lot, you don’t need it.

Leave a Reply