Friday, 5 December 2014

Is your home making you ill?

81%of people are at risk of suffering  from a respiratory or dermatological condition because of their homeExperts call for an increased awareness of what is being termed ‘Toxic Home Syndrome’. Professor Peter Howarth comments: “There is a lot of noise about how outdoor air pollution affects your health, but we should look closer to home as this is where we spend most of our time. Indoor air can be more hazardous than outdoor air. ‘Toxic home syndrome’ occurs when families are exposed to a potent mix of airborne pollutants arising from poor home ventilation, causing respiratory and skin diseases to occur more frequently.”

Top Tips for a Healthy Home
Tip 1.Look into different ventilation options such as household mechanical ventilation systems which provide clean air or extractor fans. The bathroom is the most common place in the home where condensation builds up so it is essential that it is properly ventilated to reduce the risk of mould spores growing
Tip 2.Use eco friendly cleaning products - some everyday cleaning products contain chemicals known as volatile organic compounds (VOCs) which can be dangerous for your respiratory health
Tip 3.Consider wood flooring - carpets can harbour dust, dirt, dander, bacteria and cleaning products which can be hard to get out and release potentially harmful substances into the air, worsening your indoor air quality
Tip 4.Dry your washing outside otherwise make sure your windows are open if you have to dry it inside to reduce VOC levels indoors
Tip 5.Take your shoes off at the door so pollen, dirt, soil etc from outdoors is not spread around your home

Find more expert advice and to see if your own home is at risk of Toxic Home Syndrome please visit 

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