The U.S. EPA has stated that levels of about a dozen common chemical pollutants are two to five times higher inside homes than outside of them. Scientists are beginning to suspect that indoor pollutants may be in part responsible for rising rates of asthma and other respiratory diseases.
Indoor pollution has also been known to cause headaches, flu-like symptoms, and even neurological problems. MSN Health has compiled a list of steps you can take to minimize your family's exposure with a few simple steps. They include:
- Wait a few days before picking up your dry cleaning. Dry-cleaned clothes emit chemicals that have been linked to cancer and neurological problems right after cleaning.
- Go fragrance-free. Some scented air fresheners can release compounds that cause headaches and eye, nose, and throat irritation.
- Make sure your fireplace flue is working properly. This will keep the lung-irritating particles in wood smoke out of your indoor air.
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