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Healthy Homes - Outside Healthy Homes.

Why should I be concerned with outdoor air quality?

  • Outdoor pollutants can
  • 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
    • Vehicle Use and Refueling
    • Smoking
    • Exercise
  • Environmental Conditions
    • Ozone
    • Particulate Matter and Allergens

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:

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Asbestos. Hyperlink to Healthy Homes - New Building Materials - Building Materials.
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The Plain English
Guide to the
Clean Air Act


Air Quality


About Air


Air Trends

2008 National
Air Quality Report


Health House
Maintenance Guide

Outdoor Air Pollutants

Carbon Monoxide (CO)

Lead Information

Nitrogen Dioxide


Particulate Matter (PM)

Sulfur Dioxide
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