Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Reducing Indoor Air Pollution Avoid Carcinogens At Home

According to the EPA, indoor air pollution is one of the nation's most pressing personal health concerns. Peak concentrations of 20 toxic compounds - some linked with cancer and birth defects - were 200 to 500 times higher inside some homes than outdoors, according to a 5-year EPA study that surveyed 600 homes in six cities. Symptoms such as runny nose, itchy eyes, a scratchy throat, headaches, fatigue, dizziness, skin rash, and respiratory infections are all common reactions to indoor air pollution. Left untreated, long-term exposure to indoor pollution can result in lung cancer, or damage to the liver, kidney and central nervous system.

Safety Guidelines For Avoiding Carcinogens At home
  • Read all labels carefully before using products. Be aware of their uses and dangers.
  • Leave products in their original container with the label that clearly identifies the contents.
  • Never put household products in food or beverage containers.
  • Do not mix products unless the label directs you to do so. This can cause explosive or poisonous chemical reactions. Even different brands of the same product may contain incompatible ingredients.
  • Use only what is needed. Twice as much doesn't mean twice the results. Follow the label.
  • If you are pregnant, avoid toxic chemical exposure as much as possible. Many toxic products have not been fully tested for their effects on the unborn.
  • Use products in well-ventilated areas to avoid inhaling fumes. Open windows and use an exhaust fan, making sure air is exiting outside rather than being recirculated indoors. Take plenty of fresh air breaks. Be sure to use adequate skin, eye, and respirator protection.
  • Do not eat, drink, or smoke while using hazardous products. Traces of hazardous chemicals can be carried from hand to mouth. Smoking can start a fire if the products are flammable.
  • Clean up after using hazardous products. Carefully seal containers.
Young children are especially vulnerable to impaired lung function and respiratory infection. The risk for leukemia increases by four to seven times for children, ages 10 and under, whose parents use home or garden pesticides. In 1990, more than 4,000 toddlers under age four were admitted to hospital emergency rooms as a result of household cleaner-related injuries. Methylene chloride, the propellant used in many aerosol products, is carcinogenic. Some products containing methylene chloride have been pulled from the market, but the carcinogen continues to be found in many consumer products such as spray paint and paint strippers. For full article please follow link http://www.preventcancer.com/consumers/household/carcinogens_home.htm

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