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Tips on controlling indoor air pollution.


The outdoors isn't the only place where air pollution thrives. The American Lung Association offers these tips for controlling indoor air pollution: * Have your gas range fitted with a hood fan that vents pollutants to the outside. If that's not possible, keep a window open and use an exhaust fan while cooking. * Never use your gas oven to heat your home. * If the tip of the gas range burner is yellow or orange instead of blue, have the range inspected by a gas company or appliance repair professional. * Have your gas company regularly inspect your furnace, gas water heater and clothes dryer. * Test your home for radon contamination. Check the local or state health or environmental protections agency to find reliable radon monitors. * If possible, convert your gas appliances from pilot light to spark ignition. * Make sure stoves and heaters are vented to the outside and are crack free. * Never cook with charcoal inside your home. * Open the fireplace damper completely before lighting afire, and keep it open until the ashes cool themselves down. * If you use a kerosene heater, make sure it is vented to the outdoors. Burn a low-sulfur (1-K)fuel, fill the heater outside, and keep it clean and properly adjusted. Never use it in a closed room or overnight or where there are susceptible people, such as the very young, the elderly or people with lung disease. * Do not allow smoking in your home! Smoking is a major source of indoor air pollutants and subsequently increases the risk of lung cancer from radon. * If the asbestos in your home is flaking or damaged, be sure to use an asbestos-removal professional to the problem. Removing asbestos without proper training can significantly worsen the problem. * Never leave a car or lawn mower engine running in a garage or shed attached to your home. * Clean air conditioners, air ducts, humidifiers, dehumidifiers, and heat exchangers regularly to minimize the buildup of molds and other biological pollutants. * When using household or personal-care products, read all the print on the container and follow the directions carefully. Be sure to have adequate ventilation for the product you are using.
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Date:Jul 1, 1990
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