Sleeping could be dangerous to your health
There are many sources of indoor air pollution. Tobacco smoke, heating appliances, and vapors from building materials, paints, furniture, etc. cause pollution inside bedrooms.
Both indoor and outdoor pollution need to be controlled and/or prevented. How can we prevent the damaging effects of air pollution? We have some answers ...
What is Indoor Air Pollution?
How does Indoor Air Pollution affect my family's health?
The effects of indoor air pollutants range from short-term effects - eye and throat irritation - to long-term effects - respiratory disease and cancer. Exposure to high levels of some pollutants, such as carbon monoxide, can even result in immediate death. Also, some indoor pollutants can magnify the effects of other indoor pollutants. Based on cancer risk alone, federal scientists have ranked indoor air pollution as one of the most important environmental problems in the US.
The lung is the most common site of injury by airborne pollutants. Acute effects, however, may also include non-respiratory signs and symptoms, which may depend upon toxicological characteristics of the substances and host-related factors.
What health hazards should I be aware of in my bedroom?
Chemically-treated Mattresses and Home Furnishings
Many sources claim mattresses and other upholstered furniture that contain polyurethane foam are often treated with brominated flame retardants, also known as polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs). Recent studies have shown that brominated flame retardants persist in human and animal tissue for many years and that they may have similar action, and perhaps health effects, as the now banned PCBs and DDT. There has been evidence that some PBDEs can interfere with thyroid hormone, which is critical to the development of the fetus. Women in the U.S. have the highest levels of PBDEs in their bodies in the world, according to studies.
Formaldehyde is an important chemical used widely by industry to manufacture building materials and numerous household products. Formaldehyde, a colorless, pungent-smelling gas, can cause watery eyes, burning sensations in the eyes and throat, nausea, and difficulty in breathing in some humans exposed at elevated levels (above 0.1 parts per million). High concentrations may trigger attacks in people with asthma. There is evidence that some people can develop a sensitivity to formaldehyde. It has also been shown to cause cancer in animals and may cause cancer in humans.
Sources of formaldehyde in the home include building materials, smoking, household products, and the use of unvented, fuel-burning appliances, like gas stoves or kerosene space heaters. Formaldehyde, by itself or in combination with other chemicals, serves a number of purposes in manufactured products. For example, it is used to add permanent-press qualities to clothing and draperies, as a component of glues and adhesives, and as a preservative in some paints and coating products.
How can I reduce our exposure to formaldehyde?
Why is Indoor Air Pollution such a growing concern?
In addition, homes built after 1970 are more likely to harbor bad air because, to keep energy consumption down, builders tightened up houses to prevent the loss of precious heat. Unfortunately, this also traps pollutants indoors. Temperature and humidity levels also tend to rise in a well-sealed home, encouraging dust mites and mold.
“Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)"Removing allergy triggers from your home"
Center for Disease Control “Indoor Air Quality Information by State”
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