Indoor Pollution

Sydney Raasch

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Prevent Pollution

  • adopt a smoke free home.
  • install a battery-operated carbon monoxide detector near bedrooms and check/replace the battery when you change the time on your clocks each spring and fall.
  • vacuum carpets often to remove allergens that trigger asthma attacks and allergic reactions.
  • test your home for radon gas, if levels are above the EPA action level, take steps to reduce those levels.
  • have gas appliances professionally installed, vented outside, and checked annually for carbon monoxide leaks.
  • never run cars, lawnmowers and other combustion inside the garage. Always operate a safe distance from windows and doors.
  • properly ventilate rooms with high humidity, such as bathrooms, kitchens, and basements to prevent moisture buildup and mold.

Pollution Affects Health

  • can bother your eyes, nose, and throat

  • may lead to chronic heart disease, lung problems, and cancer

  • asthma

Global Environment Issues

  • a major health risk factor (diseases/injuries)

  • global particulate matter

  • household and outdoor ambient PM air pollution have a large effect on diminished quality of life

  • household pollution from cooking oils caused 3.5 million premature deaths in 2010, and another half million is from outdoor pollution

Health Advocate for the Enviroment

  • don’t smoke

  • don’t litter

Ways to Recycle and Reuse

  • have an air purifier in home
  • have a humidifier in the rooms where you sleep/spend the most time in

Improve visual enviroment

  • have an adequate amount of fresh air from outdoors
  • keep floors clean- chemicals and allergens accumulate in household floors
  • keep a healthy level of humidity
  • no-smoking zone
  • test for radon
  • avoid the use of synthetic fragrances

Visuals that may influence health status

Negative:

  • smoking
  • littering
  • flooding
  • high humidity
  • contaminated air
Positive:

  • smoke free environment
  • not cooking or heating our houses with solid fuels