Changing construction materials come with risks. Construction materials have changed, as have the furnishings we put in our homes. They may burn more quickly and off-gas dangerous chemicals. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Remember the good old days when our homes were built with only lumber, dry wall, and roofing? Me neither. However, we talk about 'modern' construction materials like this is a new phenomenon. The truth is 'modern' construction materials started sneaking into homes over 50 years ago. It's not only construction materials that have changed: a century ago, we furnished our houses with wood, cloth, metal and glass. Today, it's plastics, foams, and coatings.

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