When you think about air pollution, the first thoughts that probably come to mind are of commercial smokestacks and big industry. The reality is that air pollution is a result of both natural and man made substances which are subdivided into two categories: Indoor and outdoor air pollution.
Per the National Institute of Health (www.niehs.nih.gov)
Outdoor air pollution includes items such as:
- Particles from burning fossil fuels
- Tobacco smoke
Indoor air pollution includes:
- Gases (carbon monoxide, radon, etc.)
- Household Chemicals
- Building materials
- Allergens (pests, droppings)
- Tobacco smoke
- Pollen and mold
Air pollution has been proven to cause or exacerbate numerous health effects such as asthma, heart disease and cancer. A 2013 report from the World Health Organization concluded outdoor air pollution is a carcinogen to humans.
Although some of this is out of your immediate control to fix, there are steps you can take to help clean the air you breathe, particularly in your home. Regarding outside pollution, start monitor daily pollution reports and/or Air Quality Index scores and then choose your activities based on this. For example, you can visit https://airnow.gov and enter your zip code to see what the index value is in your area.
Indoor pollution can be mitigated by not smoking inside, cleaning regularly and taking preventative actions to reduce exposure to mold and dirty air.
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