Who are More at Risk to Hazardous Art Materials?

Both children and adults are fond of arts and crafts. However the some materials we use in art are harmful. Without us knowing there are plenty of art products that contain toxic materials that is hazardous to one’s health.

Children below 12 years old are more at risk for exposure to these harmful elements. This is because children of this age are very curious. The colorful, attractive shape and fragrant smell makes it very tempting to taste. When ingested they are at risk for complications and even death. They cannot handle the effects of it because their body are small and their vital organs are still underdeveloped.

Children who are older are also at risk when they handle this materials improperly. Some older children intentionally abuse these materials. Materials such as glue, paint and solvents have an addicting smell which can lead to abuse. Many art materials have addicting smell thus some use this to get high.

Other groups  who are also potentially at risk are those who have visual and hearing problems, those who have physical disabilities and those who have respiratory diseases such as asthma and COPD.

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