Breathe easy (and reduce your risk for illness) with these guidelines.
How Dirty Is the Air in Your Home?
Indoor air quality can be two to five times more polluted than outdoor air, and since the Environmental Protection Agency estimates that people spend 90% of their time indoors, this is a big deal.
Poor air quality can threaten your family’s health, so it’s important to keep things out of your home that cause pollution, and ensure that your house is well-ventilated.
Follow these tips from the American Lung Association to get started on purifying the air you breathe every day.
The Deadly Three
Some indoor air pollutants can kill. Among the most dangerous are these three:
Carbon monoxide: 400 die and thousands are sickened annually.
Secondhand smoke: 7,500-15,000 children are hospitalized or sickened with respiratory tract infections, and smoke puts older adults with cardiovascular or lung illness at higher risk for health problems.
Radon gas: It’s silent. It’s odorless. It’s found in many American homes, and it is the second biggest cause of lung cancer, after cigarette smoke.
Install a Carbon Monoxide Detector
Carbon monoxide poisoning claims the lives of over 400 people each year and thousands of others become ill or seek medical attention after exposure to the odorless gas.
Early symptoms might resemble the flu, but look for these differences: If more than one family member has symptoms — even your pets — and you feel better away from home, you may have a carbon monoxide problem.
Protect yourself by installing a carbon monoxide detector near your sleeping rooms. Also have all fuel-burning appliances inspected by a qualified technician once a year to keep the deadly gas away from your home.