Breathing: it’s what we do all day, every day, yet few know just how important indoor air quality truly is. Unfortunately, studies show that the air inside of our homes and the other indoor structures we inhabit every day is often more polluted than the air outdoors.
Since summer break is coming to an end, now is the right time to look at the air quality in the place where our children spend much of their time: at school. Read on to learn the basics of indoor air quality, signs your child may be exposed to indoor air pollution at school, as well as three ways you can protect your little ones from poor indoor air quality at school.
Indoor Air Quality 101
Indoor air quality problems result from a variety of factors including things like the indoor environment (think humidity and poor circulation), indoor air contaminants (chemicals, dust, and mold), as well as insufficient outdoor air intake. As a result, pollutants become trapped indoors, creating a potentially dangerous environment for those who inhabit the space. Exposure to poor indoor air quality can lead to a host of health ailments including:
– Flu-like symptoms
– Shortness of breath
– Lung irritation
Signs Your Child May Be Exposed to Poor Air Quality at School
Considering school-aged children spend a large portion of their time inside school buildings, it’s important for parents to play an active role in creating healthy indoor school environments. One of the first steps to creating healthy indoor environments is recognizing when there is a problem. These signs can help determine if your child is being exposed to poor indoor air quality at school:
– Your child complains they do not feel well at the same particular times of the day or week.
– Other students have similar complaints.
– Symptoms seem to resolve when your child is not at school.
– Your child has been working with new materials or school supplies.
– The school has recently been renovated.
– New cleaning products have been introduced to the school.
What Actions Can You Take to Improve Your School’s Air Quality?
Indoor air quality is something everyone should make a priority, and fortunately, there are lots of actions you can take to improve the indoor air quality in your local schools. Not sure where to start? Here are a few ideas:
Educate staff, students and fellow parents: When it comes to protecting your child from poor indoor air quality at school, education is key. Ultimately, a large percentage of people aren’t aware of the potential dangers of indoor air pollution, so don’t be afraid to talk to school officials about this issue.
Participate in an air quality committee: Does your child’s school have an indoor air quality committee? Joining this type of group can help make a positive change in your child’s school and create a healthier, safer environment for all. If there is not currently a designated indoor air quality committee, considering taking the appropriate steps to head your own committee.
Download the EPA’s Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools Action Kit: The Environmental Protection Agency offers a downloadable PDF checklist, which makes it easy for schools to log record distribution of information to parents, school board members, contract service providers, and local media. Faculty can also easily note unresolved problems regarding indoor air quality. Best of all, it’s free!
Learn More About Indoor Air Quality With Sansone
At Sansone, we believe it doesn’t matter how comfortable your home or commercial space is if it isn’t safe. That’s why we offer a variety of products designed to keep your home at your desired temperature while improving the quality of the air in the process.
Our maintenance services for example, not only keep your HVAC system functioning efficiently, but improve air quality too. We also offer an extensive list of indoor air quality products (from UV lighting to ventilators), that are guaranteed to remove up to 99 percent of particulate matter. If poor indoor air quality is a concern for you, please contact us to talk about the solution that best fits your needs.
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