“This is a hidden hazard. Any option is on the table. Products that can’t be made safe can be banned.”
Richard Trumka Jr., who works with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, on potentially banning gas stoves because of a reported heightened risk of health and respiratory problems.
jan 10, 2023
What To Know: Natural gas stoves emit pollutants such as nitrogen dioxide and carbon monoxide. Recent studies have encouraged consumers to switch to electric stoves because of how the pollutants can contribute to health conditions like respiratory illness and cardiovascular problems. Additionally, a study published last month "found that more than 12% of current childhood asthma cases in the US can be attributed to gas stove use" (Bloomberg).
Why It Matters: The Consumer Product Safety Commission, a federal agency, will soon open public comment regarding the hazards of gas stoves. An agency commissioner said the conversation will be around barring gas stoves or implementing standards on emissions. Some lawmakers have weighed in, recommending that warning labels be required or range hoods and performance standards be broadly implemented.
Something To Consider: “Ventilation is really where this discussion should be, rather than banning one particular type of technology. We may need some behavior change, we may need [people] to turn on their hoods when cooking... Banning one type of a cooking appliance is not going to address the concerns about overall indoor air quality." Jill Notini, vice president, The Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers