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What is indoor air pollution?

Do health symptoms improve when you leave home? Do they come back when you return? If so, you may have a problem and should explore the following potential sources:

  • Is anyone smoking indoors? No one should smoke indoors.
  • Can you see or smell mold or mildew?
  • Is the humidity regularly above 50 percent?
  • Are there leaks or standing water anywhere— kitchen, basement, attic?
  • Are all fuel-burning appliances (gas stoves, water heaters, fireplaces) fully vented to the outdoors?
  • Is there an attached garage or basement where cars, lawnmowers or motorcycles are stored?Are household chemicals, paints or solvents stored indoors or in an attached garage or basement?
  • Have you recently remodeled and painted, or added new furniture and carpeting?
  • Do you use odor-masking chemicals or "air-freshening" devices?
  • Has kitchen or food garbage been covered and removed?
  • Have you used pesticides recently?
  • Do you have indoor pets, or allow outdoor pets inside your home?
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