The holiday season should be about making delicious meals with loved ones, not worrying about breathing in toxic pollutants from gas stoves while cooking.
On Nov. 18, U.S. PIRG Education Fund released a guide on how to avoid air pollution from gas stoves. They work by combusting methane, so using them even for a short period of time can lead to unhealthy levels of nitrogen dioxide in the air — and in fact, gas stoves can create air pollution levels indoors that would be illegal outdoors. Ultimately, electric or induction stoves are safer, but if you're stuck cooking with gas, you can make sure you're properly using ventilation to limit your risks.
“You can’t see the pollution from your gas stove, but it’s there,” said U.S. PIRG Education Fund Campaign Associate Erin Skibbens. “Since most people aren’t aware of the health risks associated with gas stoves, this guide pulls back the curtain and gives Americans the tools they need to keep their families healthy and enjoying their holiday meals.”