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Test your nest: New kit to test air quality in your home

The Nesting campaign - a project of Women in Europe for a Common Future, aiming to help new parents make a safe home environment for their children - has launched its second phase of the campaign to test the nest.

Test your nest offers new parents a unique opportunity to test the air quality in their homes and especially the air in their baby’s room. The kit will be provided to families in five European countries (UK, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Greece) and measures pollutants indoors such as formaldehyde and other VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds.

WECF encourages parents to participate in these tests. The questionnaire can be found on the WECF website. The test aims to measure the air quality in baby rooms during October. Participation costs are £20 and include the postage fee, the test itself is free.

Participants will receive two samplers in protected packaging from WECF. The samplers have to be placed for seven days in the baby’s room. The procedure is simple and there is no risk on your part. After this period, the samplers can be returned to WECF will send the samples for laboratory analysis. The individual test results will be sent to the parents in the following weeks.

Last updated on 10 June 2011

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