The Ultimate Lethal Vinyl Siding Quiz

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The Ultimate Lethal Vinyl Siding Quiz
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About This Quiz

Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) products such as vinyl siding can be found all around your home. Did you know that PVC may pose a health risk to you and your loved ones? Take our quiz and find out everything you need to know to keep your family safe from the potential hazards of PVC.
Hurricane Katrina evacuees were provided with _____ as temporary housing.
trailers
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provided Hurricane Katrina evacuees who could no longer live in their homes with trailers to live in after the disaster. Many of their resulting health problems were traced to the formaldehyde content of the trailers.
hotel rooms
apartments

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Formaldehyde is best known for its use in the:
textile industry
meat-packing industry
embalming process
Though formaldehyde, a known carcinogen, is best known as a preservative used in the embalming process, it can be found in many other products, including particle-board flooring and cabinets.

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Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is a potentially dangerous chemical found in:
toys
vinyl siding
both of the above
Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) may contain chlorine, phthalates and lead in different formulations to make it either more or less flexible depending on product specifications. All of them may be hazardous to your health.

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What is the biggest danger involved with vinyl siding made from PVC?
flood
fire
PVC poses the greatest danger to humans when vinyl siding catches fire, because as PVC burns, chlorine escapes, releasing an acid smoke containing hydrogen chloride. Hydrogen chloride in the lungs can result in internal chemical burns in any person who inhales it.
pestilence

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The Center for Health, Environment and Justice calls PVC:
the poison plastic
According to the Center for Health, Environment and Justice, a non-profit organization based in New York, polyvinyl chloride (PVC) is “one of the most hazardous consumer products ever created.”
the safer plastic
the miracle plastic

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Which number is found inside the recycling symbol found on some products made with PVC?
two
three
The number 3 is used to denote PVC within the system of universal recycling symbols. A 2004 study by the Center for Health, Environment and Justice, “Bad News Comes in Threes,” warns of the possible dangers of PVC.
four

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Waste products from the production of PVC can be found:
in groundwater
in soil
both of the above
The chemical reactions that occur as result of the production of PVC releases waste products, which may find their way into the air, groundwater and soil.

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How are products containing PVC best disposed of at this time?
by incineration
in landfills
Though the breakdown of PVC products in landfills poses a safety risk, especially to our water supply, recycling PVC is so difficult that it is unlikely to offer a practical alternative.
by recycling

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Phthalates are chemicals that soften PVC and create a _____ plastic.
hard
flexible
Plasticizers like phthalates may be added to PVC to create a flexible plastic. It’s used to develop safer cars with softer dashboards that cushion an impact during a collision.
textured

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Lead is particularly dangerous to:
children
the elderly
both of the above
In your home, lead may be present in toys and vinyl blinds as well as in paint. It is extremely dangerous to children, the elderly and pets.

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