Report: Consumer Protection

Healthier Holiday: Minimizing the health risks of cooking with gas

Released by: Arizona PIRG Education Fund

Many of our holiday traditions revolve around food. Whatever the tradition, there’s nothing like sharing a meal with family and friends over the holidays.

But in millions of American homes, there’s a hidden danger lurking in the kitchen. Common across the country, gas stoves can produce levels of indoor air pollution that would be illegal outdoors. Cooking with gas releases pollutants into our homes that can lead to the development of asthma, especially in children, and worsen symptoms for those with preexisting respiratory illnesses. One report compared the effects of using a gas stove around kids to those of second-hand smoke exposure.

This guide describes the potential health risks of cooking with gas and provides tips on how to mitigate those risks and keep your family and friends safe during the holidays. 

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