The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that people spend about 90% of their time indoors, but that the quality of the air inside can be two, to five times more polluted then the air outside. Obviously, indoor air pollution can be a threat to the health, and the lives of our family.
The most effective way to keep the air in our home healthy, is to keep things OUT of our homes that can pollute.The second most important thing we can do is, to make sure we have proper ventilation in our homes to remove stale or polluted air. Using things like bathroom fans, kitchen exhaust fans, opening windows when allowable, changing filters in our HVAC system regularly, or installing a whole-house air purification system.
In this blog, I will start sharing with you 25 air quality tips from the American Lung Association to reduce the risk for asthma and other lung illnesses in your home. Here is first three of the 25 tips in this series of reminders.
The Three Deadly Pollutants:
Carbon Monoxide: 400 die and thousands get sick every year from carbon monoxide poisoning. At one time I had personal experience with this deadly gas. A simple fix is to install carbon monoxide detectors. Don't let your car or other engines idle in the garage. Fumes can seep into your home quickly and silently.
Secondhand smoke: 7,500 -15,000 children are hospitalized or sickened and we older adults are plagued by cardiovascular disease, lung cancer, and other illnesses. Solution? Never, ever let anyone smoke in your home
or auto. The Surgeon General states that there is no safe level of secondhand smoke.
Radon gas: It's oderless, it's silent and found in many homes today. It is the second biggest cause of lung cancer, after cigarette smoke. Solution? Test your home for Radon. It's easy, inexpensive and could save your life. Radon detectors can usually be found at your big box home improvement stores.
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