Homes - Indoor Air Quality
is National Home Indoor Air Quality & Awareness Month
Activity - Ideas for the Week
smoke can irritate the airways and trigger asthma. Make
a commitment to smoke outside.
you have asthma, keep a daily diary this week of environmental
pollutants that you are exposed to indoors (e.g., molds,
dust, etc.) and any asthma symptoms you may have as a result.
Make an appointment with your physician to learn how to
manage your asthma, including more information on asthma
triggers. Bring your diary with you and ask if there is
a connection between indoor air pollution and your asthma.
can grow on damp surfaces so controlling moisture is the
key to controlling mold growth. Fix any leaky plumbing or
other sources of water thoroughly. Maintain low indoor humidity
levels, between 30-50% ideally. Besides controlling molds,
lowering moisture can also reduce other triggers such as
dust mites and cockroaches.
or dead body parts of cockroaches can trigger asthma. To
control cockroaches, store food in airtight containers,
clean up any crumbs and spilled liquids immediately and
dispose of food or garbage in closed containers.
pet's skin flakes (dander), urine, and saliva can trigger
asthma. If someone in your house is allergic to pets, especially
cats, consider finding a new home for the pet or isolating
the pet from the sensitive person. Especially keep pets
out of their bedroom.
mites are too small to be seen and live in mattresses, pillows,
carpets, upholstered furniture, bedcovers, clothes and stuffed
toys. If dust mites are your asthma trigger, use plastic
or dust-proof (allergen-impermeable) covers on mattresses
and pillows. Wash all bed linens, sheets and pillow cases
weekly in hot water to reduce allergens. House dust may
contain asthma triggers. Remove house dust often with a
damp cloth, and vacuum carpet and fabric-covered furniture
to reduce dust. Allergic individuals should leave the area
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