Frequently Asked Questions What You Should Know

What is Ozone?

Ozone naturally occurs in our environment in various amounts. It is a molecule composed of three atoms of oxygen. Two atoms of oxygen form the basic oxygen molecule—the oxygen we breathe that is essential to life. The third oxygen atom can detach from the ozone molecule, and re-attach to molecules of other substances, thereby altering their chemical composition.

Are Ozone Generators Dangerous?

Ozone generator dangers can be minimal in occupied areas, as long as the ozone concentration remains below the safe level specified by OSHA or the EPA.

At higher concentrations ozone can cause chest pain, coughing, shortness of breath, and throat irritation. Ozone may also worsen chronic respiratory diseases such as asthma and compromise the ability of the body to fight respiratory infections. People vary widely in their susceptibility to ozone. Therefore, you should only run our machines on their low settings, in well-ventilated spaces while people and pets are present.

In order to totally eliminate any danger from using ozone, do not run our machines in occupied spaces. Utilize the timers available on many of our units, to switch on our ozone generators while you are out of the building and shut them off an hour or so before you return, so the ozone has time to safely dissipate (turn back into oxygen) prior to reoccupying the space. For units without timers, it is safe to enter a freshly treated space to turn off the unit and open windows. Exposure should not last more than five minutes.

You may also safely operate our machines on their higher settings in an adjacent room as long as the door is shut, or another barrier (plastic sheet) is employed, between the occupied space and the room being treated. Generating ozone in the basement while you occupy the upper floors, is generally not a problem as ozone is heavier than air so it will remain down it the basement.

Can I be in the room while the unit is running?

NO! Absolutely NOT! To work, the AAA Odor Removal unit must be in an enclosed unoccupied environment and running without disturbance. At the end of the AAA Odor Removal treatment, the area must be opened up and well ventilated one (1) hour prior to being reoccupied. This includes all pets, children, husbands, old boy friends, and unwanted neighbors.

What happens if I'm exposed to too much Ozone?

Potential risks include decrease in lung function, aggravation of asthma, throat irritation and cough, chest pain and shortness of breath, inflammation of lung tissue, and higher susceptibility to respiratory infection. Children and people with weakened immune systems are more susceptible to experiencing these potential health problems when exposed to too much Ozone.

What do I do if I'm exposed to too much Ozone?

If you feel that you have been exposed to too much Ozone, getting some fresh air will help to decrease your symptoms. If your symptoms persist, see your doctor or local health professional immediately.

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