Week 5 DQ 2 - home could be at risk along with many of your...

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The first indoor air quality issue that may be a problem in my home is Biological contaminants. Some of the health risks for biological contaminants could be “allergic reactions, including hypersensitivity pneumonitis, allergic rhinitis, and some types of asthma”, according to EPA ( http://www.epa.gov/iaq/pubs/insidest.html#Refguide , 2009).One could also develop health problems like “sneezing, watery eyes, coughing, shortness of breath, dizziness, lethargy, fever, and digestive problems”. My family may be affected by the damp basement causing mold. I should make sure there is plenty of ventilation in the basement, as well as using a dehumidifier. The second issue that could affect my home is organic chemicals or in other words, household cleaners. Some health issues related to organic chemicals could be “eye and respiratory tract irritation, headaches, dizziness, visual disorders, and memory impairment” (2009). These health issues depend on the length and quantity of chemical one is exposed to. My
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Unformatted text preview: home could be at risk; along with many of your homes. We all use household cleaners. I need to start throwing partial empty containers away and I should also buy a minimal amount of supplies to be kept in the household. The third but not least issue that could affect my home is, Radon, though it is doubtful that my house sits over uranium. Radon may occur in any home across the World. Some health risks involved with Radon could be lung cancer. Lung cancer could be more inevitable if one smokes in a home that is infected with Radon. My home has a basement that has cracks in the walls, and I also have partial dirt floor crawlspace that could allow Uranium under my home to put out Radon gases. I plan on sealing the cracks in the basement to help prevent any chance of Radon poisoning, though it could happen in any home (2009). Reference U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. (2009). Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) . Retrieved from http://www.epa.gov/iaq/pubs/insidest.html#Refguide...
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