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Indoor Air Safety for Children’s Health

Indoor Air Safety for Children’s Health

According to Environmental Protection Agency, the quality of the air indoors is as much as five times worse than outdoor air. 

Children’ s organs and respiratory, immune and neurological systems are still developing, making them susceptible to the negative affects of poor indoor air quality. 

Children breathe in more of the heavier airborne chemicals than do adults because children are much closer to the ground. 

Infants and young children breathe through their mouths, more so than do adults, which increases their risk of pulmonary exposure to particulates and fibers that would otherwise be filtered out in the nose.

Children have a higher heart rate than adults, which allows substances that are absorbed into the blood to permeate tissues faster.

Therefore, what are the things you should know and do to improve indoor air quality and protect children? 

No VOCs - Most conventional paints and furnishings contain high level of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). VOCs are not your friend.  Long term exposures to the fumes have been linked to a number of disorders including cancer, kidney disease and liver damage.  If you need to paint, consider choosing a low VOC or no VOC paint that is free of nasty fumes.  Using environmental friendly VOCs eliminator products to treat your indoor environment in case second time indoor air pollution. 

No Smoking Zone - Tobacco smoke is a major contributor to indoor air pollution. Tobacco smoke contains more than 4,000 chemicals.  More than 250 of these chemicals are known to be harmful, and at least 69 are known to cause cancer. Children exposed to second hand tobacco smoke are at increased risk for ear and respiratory infections, asthma, cancer, and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).  Make your home a no smoking zone.  Change your clothes filled with cigarette smell at the door before you approach children. 

Take Your Shoes at the Door - Shoes track into the home all sorts of toxins from the outside that could impact your indoor air quality.  “Shoe free” zone policy will create a healthier, safer environment for all.  Put a large floor mat at the door, a doormat reduces the amount of dirt, pesticides, and other pollutants from getting into your indoor environment. 

Keep Your Floors Fresh - Vacuum your floors two or more times each week and wash out your filter regularly. Don’t forget walls, carpet edges, and upholstered furniture, where dust accumulates. Mopping picks up the dust that vacuuming leaves behind.

Keep a Healthy Level of Humidity - Dust mites and mold love moisture. Keeping humidity around 30% ~ 50% helps keep them and other allergens under control. A dehumidifier (and air conditioning during summer months) helps reduce moisture in indoor air and effectively controls allergens. But you have to make sure your air conditioning is clean in and out so that it will not contaminate your indoor air.

Plants Help Clean the Air - Many common plants act as an air filter, removing toxins from the air we breathe.  They are known to produce oxygen from CO2 and they absorb toxins including benzene, formaldehyde and other harmful chemicals in the air.  Studies approve Areca Palm, Mother-in-law’s Tongue and Money Plant is the three effective plants for indoor environment.    

Let in Fresh Air - Open windows so toxic chemicals don’t build up indoors.  What if you or your child has pollen allergies or the outdoor air quality is very poor?  Then keep rooms ventilated with a filtered air-conditioning system, but don’t forget to clean your air-conditioning system regularly. 

Should you have any questions, please contact us here at Airestec China.