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Delaware Healthy Homes

Healthy Homes - Inside Healthy Homes.

Why should I be concerned with indoor air quality?

  • Americans spend about 90% of their time indoors.
  • Indoor air pollution is often greater than outdoor air pollution.
  • Environmental regulations, intended to protect human health, generally fail to address indoor pollutants.
  • Indoor pollutants are virtually unregulated by existing environmental laws.
  • Indoor air pollutants may have adverse health effects.

What and where are these pollutant sources?

  • Consumer Products
    • Air Fresheners and Deodorizers
    • Cleaners and Disinfectants
    • Laundry Supplies and Dry-cleaned Clothes
    • Moth Repellants and Pesticides
    • Cosmetics and other Personal Care Products
  • Building Materials and Furnishings
    • Paints, Varnishes, and Stains
    • Adhesives and Solvents
    • New Carpet and Flooring
    • New Furnishings
    • Combustion Appliances
  • Personal Activities
    • Use and storage of chemicals
    • Smoking
    • Hobbies
  • Environmental Conditions
    • Mold and Moisture
    • Dust

What are the risks?

  • Cancer
    • Smoking in the home increases cancer risk for everyone.
    • Dry-cleaned clothes can release chemicals linked with cancer into the air.
    • Paints and finishes can contain carcinogens including silica and titanium dioxide.
  • Respiratory Problems
    • Mold and household dusts can trigger asthma attacks.
    • Formaldehyde and other chemicals released from new flooring and furniture can cause respiratory distress.
  • Other Dangers
    • Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas released by combustion appliances.
    • Thousands of people are poisoned in the home each year by misusing products.

Select a house below to learn more:

Hyperlink to Healthy Homes - Air Fresheners - Air Fresheners. Hyperlink to Healthy Homes - Asbestos - Asbestos.
Hyperlink to Healthy Homes - Building Materials and New Products - Building Materials. Hyperlink to Healthy Homes - Carbon Monoxide - Carbon Monoxide.
Hyperlink to Healthy Homes - Cleaning Products - Cleaning Products. Hyperlink to Healthy Homes - Drinking Water - Drinking Water.
Hyperlink to Healthy Homes - Dry Cleaning - Dry Cleaning. Hyperlink to Healthy Homes - Lead - Lead-Based Paint.
Hyperlink to Healthy Homes - Mold - Mold. Hyperlink to Healthy Homes - Mothballs - Mothballs.
Hyperlink to Healthy Homes - Personal Care Products - Personal Care Products. Hyperlink to Healthy Homes - Pests - Pests.
Hyperlink to Healthy Homes - Radon - Radon. Hyperlink to Healthy Homes - Tobacco Products - Smoking.  
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Indoor Air


American Lung
Creating a
Healthy Home


American Lung
Clean Air


Health House
Maintenance Guide

Indoor Air Pollutants

Asbestos Fibers

Biological Pollutants

Carbon Monoxide (CO)

Formaldehyde/Pressed Wood Products


Nitrogen Dioxide



Respirable Particles (Dust)

Environmental Tobacco Smoke

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Last Updated: Tuesday December 14 2010
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