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Healthy Homes - Inside Healthy Homes.

Did you know?

  • Americans spend about 90% of their time indoors.
  • Indoor air pollution is often greater than outdoor air pollution.
  • Indoor air pollutants may have adverse health effects.
  • Indoor air pollutants are virtually unregulated by existing environmental laws.
  • Thousands of people are poisoned in the home each year by misusing products.

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 indoors 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. Carbon monoxide can cause headache, dizziness, weakness, nausea, vomiting, chest pain, and confusion. Inhaling high levels of CO can cause loss of consciousness and death.

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Hyperlink to Healthy Homes - Air Fresheners - Air Fresheners. Hyperlink to Healthy Homes - Asbestos - Asbestos.
Hyperlink to Healthy Homes - Building Materialsand 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 Pollutants

Asbestos Fibers

Biological Pollutants

Carbon Monoxide (CO)

Formaldehyde/Pressed Wood Products


Nitrogen Dioxide



Respirable Particles (Dust)

Environmental Tobacco Smoke

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