Delaware 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
- Environmental Conditions
What are the risks?
- 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.
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Tuesday December 14 2010