March 25, 2023

Are gas stoves dangerous? Preparing to ban in America, know what science says

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It was found in a study that more methane gas leaks when the gas stove is closed.
The US government can take a decision soon to ban the gas stove.

New Delhi. The discussion has started once again regarding the gas stove. The science regarding gas stoves is completely clear that it is a major source of air pollution located inside your home. Due to gas stove, there can be complaints of pollution, asthma and other health problems. The gas stove pollutes the environment when it is switched on as well as when it is switched off. It is said that the gas coming out of the vehicles causes more pollution than the stove. The discussion of banning gas stoves is going on in America.

Gas stove can cause these problems
Let us tell you that cooking on a gas stove produces two and a half times more particulate matter in the atmosphere as compared to an electric stove. Due to this, apart from respiratory problems, poisonous gas can also cause problems related to heart disease and cancer. Speaking to Bloomberg, Drew Michanowicz, senior scientist at the non-profit research institute PSE Healthy Energy, said, ‘Gas stoves are present in large numbers as a source of air pollution in homes.’

People are attracted towards gas stove
Recently, an organization of America had issued a proposal that soon gas stoves will be banned in America. Because it is the main cause of air pollution. Gas stoves are the main cause of asthma complaints in children in America. Professor Jonathan Levy of Boston University said, gas stoves have gained more popularity through publicity. Companies making gas stoves sell it by presenting it as a natural product. At the same time, from television, newspapers to social media, gas stoves are widely advertised so that common people get attracted towards it and buy gas stoves.

Methane gas coming out of gas stove
Apart from this, he said that along with outdoor pollution, we have to make people aware of indoor pollution. One form of pollution from gas stoves is methane, which is the main component of natural gas. Although methane does not pose a direct threat to human health. According to a 2022 study published in the journal Enviromental science and technology, when researchers studied 53 stoves across California, they found that all but one of them were leaking methane gas.

Jonathan Levy said, ‘I think a lot of people, when they think of pollution they immediately think of big industrial facilities or major highways or power plants.’ Apart from this, he said, ‘Very few people think that the source of pollution can also be our home or office, where we spend most of our day.’ Recently, the US Consumer Product Safety (CPSC) said that gas stoves used for cooking cause pollution.

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