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How to Improve Air Quality Inside Your Office

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Have you ever stopped to take into account how much time you spend indoors each and every day? Whether you are at home, in the grocery store, at the mall, or even spending 8 hours a day at work. Most Americans work an estimated 40 hours a week and most of this time is spent indoors, inside an office building. Depending on the office building and/or the size of the company, the number of employees held within the building can vary – but with more and more people in a shared indoor space the greater the risk of indoor air pollution inside the confined environment.Inside an office building debris and pollutants can gather including dirt, dust, and other air pollutants which collect and build-up, impacting the air quality. Not to mention – the added impact on renovation or new building construction on the air quality inside the environment. An office that experiences poor indoor air quality can mean or lead to Sick Building Syndrome, which can than lead to sick employees who experience on…

Do You Know What Toxic Chemicals Lurk Within Your Clothing?

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The clothing that hangs on the rack in stores is colorfully displayed for customers with the intent that it will lure patrons in to purchase these items. Some people will quickly grab the clothing, knowing they will purchase it, while others will swiftly go to the try-on room to see what they think of it on their body. During the process of trying on new clothes, you are exposing your body to a plethora of chemicals that can permeate your skin. This can further lead to absorption of the chemicals from the skin into your body – which your body must process and eliminate.While the connection between toxins in your clothing and health issues is a little bit foggy, the studies that have been conducted against these chemicals found in the manufacturing of clothing have shown to be quite hazardous to public health and can include the development of cancer over a period of time. Although this is an extremely rare potential health effect, the likely health effects from these chemicals can ran…

The Dangers of Fireplace Pollution on Health

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The cold winter weather brings in frigid temperatures and an unbearably cold atmosphere in your home. Sometimes it may feel as though your home is colder than the swirling degrees outside, leaving you running to the furnace to awaken the heat, and even better igniting a cozy warm fire in the fireplace to thaw your freezing body. The fireplace is a commonly used item in most homes during the winter months when the weather is frightfully cold because of its wonderful ability to heat up an environment rapidly – which is exactly what you want when you and your environment are at freezing climates. However, unbeknownst to many people, the fireplace can produce many hazards in the confined space where it is present.When people use their fireplace, chemicals are released into the air, and some of these chemicals are poisonous irritants that can inflame the respiratory tract system. The combination of the winter months and the use of a fireplace can also be an undesirable amalgam, as the stag…

Does Wearing a Face Mask Protect from Air Pollution?

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Did you know that fine particulate matter is tiny particles, no bigger than 2.5 micrometers? This matter is so small that it is often compared to human hair to show the significance in size, as human hair is between 50 and 70 micrometers in size. Therefore, the risks of ingesting or inhaling these very small airborne pollution matters is a major threat to public health – especially in indoor environments.According to testing conducted by World Health Organization, it was found that 9 out of 10 people around the world are breathing polluted air. Pollution indoors can be caused by cleaning agents, cooking fumes, new furniture and flooring, building materials, and other external factors emitted into the air by humans. This can lead to large quantities of fine particulate matter inside the confined environment, and conversely can lead to several persisting health issues.What is Indoor Air PollutionAir pollution is usually associated with being outdoors, however, the air inside indoor envi…

How to Get the Funky Smell Out of Diaper Pail

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Babies are a wonderful, sweet blessing – with soft skin, angelic personalities, and an abundance of joy. There is nothing quite like the fragrant smell of a baby, particularly the smells they produce in their diapers! The smells that can emanate from inside your baby’s diaper can simply be described as unbearable, leaving you to wonder how your sweet, innocent child can create such an odor. This odor issue in your baby’s diapers has left you with the skills of changing their diaper and throwing it in the diaper pail in record timing – only leaving you seconds of nauseating smells before discarding them inside the tightly confined pail.What can you do if you are stuck fighting off the odorous smells left behind on your baby’s diapers that have traveled into your home’s air and worst has developed inside the diaper pail in your baby’s room?What is a Diaper Pail Used for?Discarding dirty diapers can be done in a variety of ways including through the use of disposable bags that you toss d…

How to Hotbox a Home to Remove VOCs

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Inside the home a lot happens. Kids run wild, messes are made, decorating commences, and sometimes even renovations occur in the pursuit to make your home the ideal oasis. Each and every thing that transpires inside your home can have a direct impact on the environment and air quality within your house. Maybe you cleaned your home with a strong cleaning agent, had new carpet installed, painted the interior of your home, or if you had a remediation job completed in your home from a leak, mold, or other indoor contaminant outbreak, all of these things can drastically impact the quality of the air inside your home.Often times when we think about air pollution are minds usually travel to outdoor air contaminants such as – smog, ozone, or haze that lingers in the air. Although outdoor air has many contaminants that plague the air quality, the contaminants inside indoor environments can often times be far scarier than you would have ever anticipated. The EPA’s Office of Research and Develop…

California Wildfire Tips to Protect Indoor Air Quality

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Just when we think the wildfires have finally settled and have been finally extinguished for the rest of the year, they continue to range on devastatingly in California. The destructive wildfires have brought plumes of smoke that have tainted the air quality in most of California to dangerous levels for human exposure.Smoke plumes from wildfires are composed of an amalgam of toxic components – such as corrosive gases, hydrocarbons, fats & oils, resins & waxes, and worst of all tiny particulate matter. This hazardous concoction has the potential to lead to health problems that can vary from temporary discomfort to long-term debilitating disease- affecting the heart and lungs.If you are in a significantly impacted area in California or in a surrounding area that has been affected by the blazing wildfires, learning the best tips to protect yourself and your air from the risks and hazards of wildfire smoke can be crucial to maintaining your air quality and health.California Air Qu…