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Toxic Indoor Air Pollution & Keeping a Healthy Home | Care2 Healthy Living

During my first tabling event for Utah Moms for Clean Air a few years ago, I couldn’t help but overhear talk about indoor air pollution. From lighting wood in our fireplace to burning candlesin my home during the cold, winter months, I was shocked to learn how harmful both can be to my family’s health. During Salt Lake Valley’s inversion months, it’s illegal to burn coal or wood because it adds to the already toxic air outdoors. Unfortunately, I didn’t realize that it can also destroy indoor air.

As outdoor air pollution increases, we tend to assume we can escape into the safety of our homes for cleaner air. Unfortunately, indoor air pollution is not only as toxic as outdoor air, it can be worse. From wood burning stoves to household cleaners, we need to be mindful of what we release into our air.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, sources of indoor air pollution include:

combustion sources: oil, kerosene, gas, coal, wood, candles and tobacco
building materials: carpet, wood and insulation
household cleaning products, personal care items, paints and solvents
central heating and cooling devices
outdoor air pollution: smog, ozone, toxic gases such as radon and pesticides


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