Air Quality Hits Close to Home
Summer time brings with it carefree days by the pool, picnics in the park and . . .
Air Quality Advisories warning you to stay indoors?
The real question is this: are you really any safer indoors?
On those hot days, when you are forced indoors by the air quality index warnings, chances are that you are shutting yourself into an equally noxious indoor environment. During the summer months, the EPA strooming.nlmakes a daily calculation of how much pollution is in the air. Certain elements like ozone, particles (pollen, dust, etc), the overall temperature of the air and the amount of UV exposure are measured to determine how much of a combined hazard is created. If one of more of these elements are higher than would be safe, it usually is advisable to spend the day indoors.
An overlooked factor in the EPA’s advise to stay indoors is the quality of your indoor air. Statistics have shown that very few people understand just how hazardous your indoor air can be. You typically spend 90% of your day indoors, whether you are at work, at school or at home, and the truth is that you encounter far more dangerous conditions indoors. Apparently 80-90% of all the pesticides that come in contact with your body do so inside your home. Simple house-hold appliances like gas stoves or gas water heaters can cause carbon monoxide poisoning-this condition is commonly overlooked because of its cold or flu-like symptoms. This means that part of the problem with indoor pollution is that no one is aware of the full extent of the danger or able to detect or indentify the symptoms of bad indoor air quality.