CBC News is investigating how to protect your home and property from aluminum foil and other chemicals, including aluminum oxide, in a variety of products.
Here are some common ways to protect against aluminum oxide.1.
Use the right size of foil.
The thicker the foil, the easier it is to keep the moisture in and the longer it takes for the reaction to occur.
So, if you want to keep a lid on the air, wrap foil around the top of the window.
If you are looking for a foil that is thick enough to withstand the aluminum oxide reaction, wrap the foil around a wall or window frame.2.
Don’t stick foil to the ceiling.
Foil is the second most common reaction, but it’s a relatively new one.
In fact, aluminum oxide has been around since the 1970s.
To avoid the danger of aluminum oxide coming through, keep foil from touching the ceiling or walls.3.
Cover the inside of your window.
Foam insulation and air ducting are the best options for covering your windows with foil.
If you don’t have these, a window is better than no window at all.
If the foil comes through the air duct or the insulation, it won’t be very effective at trapping the aluminum.4.
Cover with a heavy towel.
Folks who have had their windows damaged by aluminum oxide will want to consider covering the windows with a towel.
If this is the case, it can help to have a heavy piece of foil on hand for this purpose.
If not, use a sheet of aluminum foil.