AMERICAN LUNG ASSOCIATION


WHAT THEY SAY

EPA
AMERICAN LUNG ASSOCIATION

  1. Almost 25% of Americans do not show concern about the air quality in their homes.
  2. Common indoor air pollutants include dust mites, pollen, mould, radon, carbon monoxide, excessive carbon dioxide, and other chemical fumes.
  3. Pollution inside typically is two to five times worse than the air outdoors. Sometimes it can be 100 times worse.
  4. Second-hand smoke from tobacco projects are a major indoor air pollutant. It contains about 4,000 chemicals, including 200 known poisons.
  5. Second-hand smoke causes over 150,000 respiratory problems in infants and 38,000 deaths annually.
  6. 10% of Americans have never changed the filter on their heating and air conditioning unit.
  7. 75% of Americans live with someone who suffers from asthma, allergies, or other respiratory illnesses.
  8. Poor indoor air quality can cause or contribute to asthma, headaches, dry eyes, nasal congestion, nausea and fatigue.
  9. One out of 15 American homes has a dangerously high radon level.  Radon naturally emits from the earth and enters the home through cracks in the foundation floor and walls, drains, and other openings. Indoor radon exposure is estimated to be the second leading cause of lung cancer.
  10. Only 27% of Americans have carbon monoxide detectors at home. Carbon monoxide is a gas that can stop coordination, worsen heart conditions, and at very high levels, can cause death.