National Care About Your Air Month

February is National Care About Your Air Month!

According to the EPA, indoor air pollution is the #1 environmental health problem in America.  This is especially alarming when we consider that we spend 90% of our time within our homes and offices.  It’s even scarier when we consider that this air pollution affects our children more than it affects us as adults.  

Here are a few common causes of indoor air pollution:

-Building materials & furnishings
-Cleaning products
-Burning scented candles
-Cooking (especially with a gas stove)
-Fireplaces/wood burning stoves

Here are a few health related issues associated with indoor air pollution:

-  Asthma
- COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
- Fatigue
- Dizziness/headaches
- Nose bleeds
- Allergies
- Lung cancer

It is extremely important that we keep our indoor air quality as safe & healthy as possible for our personal health and the health of our families.  

You can reduce indoor air pollution by:

-Using fans
-Minimizing clutter
-Adopting a few houseplants
-Leaving shoes outside
-Changing home air filters monthly
-Avoiding smoking indoors
-Washing bedding weekly
-Ventilating your kitchen
-Dusting & vacuuming frequently and by
-Removing permanent carpets

By understanding and making a few small changes to your indoor environments you can significantly reduce your exposure to multiple air borne chemicals and greatly improve your health. 

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