Wednesday June 4 is Clean Air Day, which is a great time to think about the air close to home. Keep reading to find out ways to keep the air in and around your home healthy:
- Keep your home smoke-free. If anyone smokes, ask them to only smoke outside or consider quitting.
- Reduce the chances of mould growing by ensuring the humidity level is between 30-50% and increasing ventilation such as in the bathroom or kitchen.
- If you have pets or carpeting, use a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter or a central vacuum system regularly to limit dust mites and pet dander.
- Make sure there is a carbon monoxide detector installed on every level of your home and close to sleeping areas.
- Test your home for radon gas. Radon is an invisible, odourless radioactive gas that can get into your home and build up to high levels. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer.
- Avoid using toxic household cleaning products and look at making your own. Use vinegar or water and baking soda to clean areas around your home.
- Don’t forget about the lawn and garden equipment outside! Avoid gas or diesel-powered engines and switch to hand-powered tools instead.
For more information on how to maintain the air quality in and around your home this summer, call The Lung Association at 1-888-566-LUNG (5864) or visit www.YourHealthyHome.ca.