You can’t see it, but sometimes you can smell it. Indoor air pollution can occur from a huge variety of chemical products.
Pollutants are very harmful contamination in the air. Pollutants can be introduced into the air of your home in several ways. Some are carried in on the breeze; some are carried in by you. Pollutants originate inside the home, for example, a burning a piece of toast there is smoke streaming in the kitchen.
Combustion from a fire can create harmful chemicals. Others have only been introduced to our homes in modern times. And some come from the natural environment. Indoor air pollution causes due to contaminating of pollutants in the indoor air. Indoor air pollution is very dangerous because the indoor air is far more concentrated with pollutants than outdoor air. It’s estimated that 2.2 million deaths occur each year due to indoor air pollution. There are many sources of indoor pollution, but they are different for developing and developed nation.
Indoor air pollution can cause a wide range of long term or short term health problems. In short term health problems, it may cause eye irritation, headaches, nose and throat irritation, and dizziness. Sometimes the symptoms resemble asthma, while others resemble cold symptoms. That can make it difficult to recognize the problem.
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Long-term health problems can be quite serious. Sometimes years after being exposed, a person can suffer heart problems, respiratory sickness, and even cancer.
Few ways to reduce indoor air pollution and creating a healthy and safer life:
- Open Windows: Sufficient air ventilation is the key to promoting healthy indoor air, and opening windows when it’s not too cold or when the pollen count is not too high. It is an easy way to encourage a healthy exchange of indoor and outdoor air.
- Banning smoking: Absolutely no cigarette smoke.
- Air pollution emitted by cigarettes is 10 times greater than diesel car exhausts.
- Smoke produces the most dangerous element of air pollution. Tobacco smoke contains some toxicologically significant chemicals and groups of chemicals, including polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons tobacco-specific nitrosamines, aldehydes, carbon monoxide, hydrogen cyanide, nitrogen oxides, benzene, toluene, phenols, which very harmful to the environments and pollutes both indoor and outdoor air which may cause a lot of health problems. Adults are more at risk of heart disease, stroke, and lung cancer when they are exposed to passive smoke.
- The best strategy for protecting yourself from smoke is to avoid smoke altogether. Quit smoking. Don’t let people smoke around you or in your car—whether or not the windows are open. Go to restaurants that don’t allow any smoking. If you have children, be sure that their day-care does not allow smoking.
- Bath Fido: Bathe your pets often and wash their bedding to reduce allergy-causing by dander. You should also keep them out of bedrooms as your pets are the major source of allergens. Dust mites and pet dander are often blamed for allergic reactions.
- Use Exhaust Fans: Run fans in the kitchen so they remove cooking fumes and bathroom so they remove the steams and it vents outside. Be sure that your hair dryer vents to the outside to minimize lint. To reduce the level of pollen in the air on days it’s not possible to open the windows, run your window air conditioner on the fan setting with a clean filter.
- Change your filters: If you have a forced-air heating and cooling system, change the air filters more regularly when there is more smoke or pollen in the air. Electrostatic filters help to ensure you that dust and other airborne pollutants get trapped instead of being recirculated through your home.
- Uses of doormats and carpets: Wiping shoes can reduce pollutants carried into the house. When you compare all living conditions in today’s world, carpet makes a healthier home or facility. You don’t have to dust load in the air as you do with hard floors. Carpets also require fewer chemicals to clean than other flooring coverings, which helps reduce the amount of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) present in the air. VOCs are an outdoor pollutant emitted from cleaning agents that can accumulate indoors without proper ventilation.
- Toxins in Non-stick Pots and Pans: – People have been buying non-stick cookware, it doesn’t mean it’s safe. One of the chemicals used in the past to make these pots and pans has been linked to affecting the kidney, thyroid, prostate, bladder. A toxic chemical is released from superheating your non-stick cookware. Non-stick cookery releases toxic fumes when it heats up over 500 F. Be careful not to overheat non-stick pots and pans. If you need to sear or otherwise superheat your food, use cookware made of a different material such as cast iron to avoid these problems.
- Let the fresh air in – even during the cold months, open the windows from time to time to allow fresh air to move in your homes. Also, use exhaust fans in the kitchen and bathrooms to move the contaminated air and to remove the cooking fumes.
- Keep it clean: – A clean house is a healthier house, because of goof indoor hygiene can greatly cut down on dust and animal dander. Cleaning efforts should focus on strategies to reduce the accumulation of pet dander and dust in your home.
- Vacuuming regularly.
- Installation of air purifiers.
- Using exhaust fans in the bathroom and kitchen.
- Minimize carpet use.
- Don’t cover up odors.
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“THERE IS SO MUCH POLLUTION IN THE AIR NOW THAT IF IT WEREN’T FOR OUR LUNGS, THERE’D BE NO PLACE TO PUT IT ALL”.
– ROBERT ORBEN