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The Emissions in the Kitchen

How the Consumer Product Safety Commission Can Address the Risks of Indoor Air Pollution from Gas Stoves

Gas stoves are found in over a third of American homes, and these appliances generate dangerous indoor levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and fine particulate matter (PM2.5) within just a few minutes of cooking. This report argues that the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) can and should take action to address health risks of gas stove emissions by:

  1. Issuing performance standards for gas stoves and range hoods that focus on reducing risk by increasing ventilation and/or alerting users to unsafe concentrations.
  2. Requiring warning labels on gas stoves.
  3. Launching a public campaign to build consumer awareness about the dangers of gas stoves.