May is Asthma Awareness Month

Some resources:

Indoor Air Quality
www.epa.gov/iaq/schools/toolkit.html

Asthma in Schools
www.epa.gov/iaq/schools/asthma/asthma_in_schools.htm

Epa Asthma Program
www.epa.gov/asthma
www.noattacks.com

2 million emergency room visits and 5,000 deaths/year

14 million missed days of school in 2000

Health costs of $14 billion in 2002

Top Triggers:

  • Outdoor Air Pollution
  • Secondhand Smoke
  • Mold
  • Cockroaches and Dust Mites
  • Nitrogen Dioxide-from gas, wood, and kerosene heating appliances
  • Chemical Irritants-cleaners, adhesives, paints, pesticides, air fresheners, out-gassing (VOCs-volatile organic compounds) from carpets, furniture, etc.
  • Pets

Suggestions:

  • Replace air filters on heat/ac units, use air cleaners, and hepa filter vacuums.
  • Donít smoke around asthmatics
  • Clean often and be vigilant about mold and insects.
  • Properly vent appliances.
  • Ban pets from bedrooms, and groom often.
  • Use low-VOC paints and adhesives, green household cleaners, eliminate carpet, and be aware of out-gassing from products.

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