By City Guide News Desk

Guide to Indoor Pollution


Levels of air pollution inside the home can be two to five times higher — and sometimes as much as 100 times higher — than outdoor levels. Yet the results of a recent survey commissioned on behalf of the American Lung Association Health House Program and 3M found that many of those questioned are not aware of the potential dangers associated with poor indoor air. The Environmental Protection Agency now lists indoor air quality as one of the top five most urgent environmental risks to public health. The air inside homes can be filled with anything from pollutants, allergens and gases, to chemicals stashed under the bathroom sink and dander from the family pet. While indoor air pollution can be harmful to everyone, children are more affected than adults because of their higher respiration rate and their still-undeveloped respiratory system. Suprisingly, results from the study reveal that nearly 25 percent of Americans are not concerned about the air quality in their homes and the impact it can have on their family’s health. To help educated the public on indoor air quality issues, the Health House program and 3M are offering a booklet filled with tips to help reduce exposure to pollutants and allergens that can be detrimental to children’s health. To obtain a FREE copy of the “Breathe Easier: Kids” guide, call (800) 388-3458 or send an email with your name and mailing address to