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Children can spend 90% of their time indoors. For their size, children breathe up to twice as much air as adults.
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That means children are at greater risk for health problems that come from indoor air pollution.
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Good Health, Ozone & Indoor Air Quality

For the health of your family, you should be concerned!

Most people spend at least half their lives inside their homes. Indoor air-quality can be more harmful to your family’s health than often polluted outside air! Is the air in your home really safe to breathe on a long-term basis?

Children can spend 90% of their time indoors. For their size, children breathe up to twice as much air as adults. That means children are at greater risk for health problems that come from indoor air pollution.

It is not always easy to tell if you have poor air quality. You may notice bad smells and see smoke, but you cannot see or smell other dangers, like carbon monoxide or radon. This information and that on asthma and allergies, mold and carbon monoxide will help you ask the right questions to find out if the air inside your home is safe and healthy. They will also give you ideas about how to fix any problems you might find.

Signs of possible home indoor air quality problems

Asthma & Allergies

If someone in your home has health problems or is ill, polluted indoor air can make them feel worse. For example, asthma is a lung disease that affects a growing number of children. Indoor air pollution can make it worse. insects and other pests can also be a real problem for people with asthma or allergies. For example, cockroach and dust mite droppings cause asthma attacks in some people. Pesticides can help fight these pests but they can be dangerous. Click here for more information about using bug spray and other pesticides safely. Click here to find out about making your home healthier for people with asthma or allergies.

Mold

Mold grows in wet or damp places. It often smells musty. Many people are allergic to mold. Some kinds of mold are toxic, and coming in contact with large amounts of mold may cause health problems for you or your family. Check below for ways to prevent mold from forming in your home:

Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide is a deadly gas that can come from appliances that burn gas, oil, coal, or wood, and are not working as they should. Car exhaust also has carbon monoxide. You cannot see, taste, or smell carbon monoxide. You can detect carbon monoxide build-up in your home by installing carbon monoxide detector which will alert you to dangerous levels of carbon monoxide. It is important to choose and place a detector wisely and maintain it to assure accurate sensing of carbon monoxide.

Other Indoor Air Problems

Radon is another gas. It can come into homes from the ground below them. You cannot see, taste, or smell radon. Radon is found all over the United States. Radon can cause lung cancer. In fact, it is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. If you smoke and your home has high levels of radon, your risk of lung cancer is especially high.

Indoor air pollution can come from what people do in their homes:

Indoor air pollution can come from what people have in their homes.

There are simple, but important steps you can take to find our what is causing your home's poor air quality. The questions below can help you find problems around your home. Remember, making your home a safer, healthier place to live may mean taking several steps.

Questions To Ask?

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Test your home for radon

You can buy low cost radon test kits at hardware or home supply stores. Or call your local health department for more information.

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