October 4, 2011
Indoor Air Pollution is it Helpful, or is it Harmful?
Knowing how to utilize the knowledge I learn about controlling indoor air pollution, will help me begin to make my home a healthier place to live. The process of correcting problems first comes from obtaining knowledge of that particular problem, I chose to write this paper on indoor air pollution because often times when people think of air pollution, usually they think of it as being outdoors, and not many people actually know the health dangers of indoor air pollution, but the truth of the matter is air in your house and office work place carries many dangerous pollutants. What exactly is indoor air pollution? This is a good question that many people with health issues, and allergies should be asking themselves and seeking the answer to this question, and according to the glossary of statistical terms Indoor air pollution refers to chemical, biological and physical contamination of indoor air. (Glossary of Environment Statistics, Studies in Methods, Series F, No. 67, United Nations, New York, 1997) Indoor air pollution consists of toxic gases or particles that can harm any human’s health, seen or unseen, with or without smell. Many people tend to carry on with their normal everyday life, not really noticing that they are the cause of many of these pollutants. The indoor air is considered polluted when things exist in the home or office work place such as mold, tobacco smoke, pesticides, carbon monoxide and lead, just to name a few of the causes. Research study shows that nearly 2 million people die prematurely from illness attributable to indoor air pollution. (Indoor Air Pollution and Health September 2011) Nearly fifty percent of pneumonia deaths among children under five are due to particulate matter inhaled from indoor air pollution, (Indoor Air Pollution and Health September 2011) and more than 1 million people a year die from chronic obstructive respiratory disease (COPD) that develop due to exposure to such indoor air pollution. It is refreshing to many people to know that people do not just have to live with this quiet case that causes health issues. It has been proven that some risks that are caused by indoor air pollution are unavoidable, however, some risk that are caused by indoor air pollution people choose to just live with, simply because it is easier to do nothing about the problem or that the idea of getting involved causes too much energy and time, but some of the most deadly and seriously harmful risks are the ones that people might choose to avoid if they had the opportunity to decide otherwise. Indoor air pollution is one risk that people can do something about, by educating their selves on the many different ways of making their living environments a better and healthier place to dwell. According to the Environmental Protection Agency people spend most of their time indoors surrounded by sources of indoor air pollution, (U.S. EPA) consumer products, gas appliances, building materials, cigarette smoke, and furniture can all contribute to the problem. Yet, the toxic emissions from many of these sources are not controlled or are only partially controlled by federal, state, or local laws. In a 1987 study, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) ranked indoor air pollution fourth in cancer risk among the thirteen top environmental problems analyzed. One of the many effective ways of keeping the air in American homes healthy is to eliminate the things from their homes that causes indoor air pollution, things such as cigarette smoke, excess moisture and chemicals. Another important helpful tool to keeping indoor air in your home healthy is to ventilate your home properly, this will help protect and improve air quality. (the daily green 2011) It is very important to pull dangerous pollutants out of the house, this can be done by doing...