Secret air pollutants in our homes ‘claim thousands of lives’: The Telegraph

Screen Shot 2016-02-23 at 3.08.26 PM.png“Thousands dying each year from the effect of poor air quality, including pollutants from everyday objects and appliances in their homes, claims landmark new report”

A new report entitled, “Every Breath We Take: the lifelong impact of air pollution, to be published this week by the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH),” says that “indoor air pollution may have caused or contributed to 99,000 deaths annually in Europe”.

The report warns “that everyday kitchen products, faulty boilers, open fires, fly sprays and even air fresheners, contribute to poor indoor air quality.”

“…But among the most disturbing aspects of air pollution highlighted by the report is that posed by such common items as air fresheners and personal hygiene, DIY and cleaning products. These often use chemicals known as Volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which start off as solids or liquids but readily evaporate into the air. Furthermore certain furniture, fabric, furnishings, glue and insulation can emit formaldehyde vapour, causing irritation to the lungs. Biological materials found in the home, such as house-dust mites, mould and animal dander – flecks of skin and fur – can also harm human health.” The Telegraph. Read it on delhiair.org.

Secret air pollutants in our homes ‘claim thousands of lives’

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