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Want Clean Indoor Air? Just Say No to Indoor Smoking!

 Want Clean Indoor Air? Just Say No to Indoor Smoking!

smoking effects all of the people and pets around you.

It’s impossible to deny the dangers associated with smoking cigarettes for both smokers and the people around them. We all know that secondhand smoke is harmful, but less obvious is just how easy it is to pollute your indoor air with cigarettes. Just one or two cigarettes will do significant damage. Even if no one in your immediate family smokes, it’s critical to set boundaries with visitors that might be smokers.

Those who are especially vulnerable to the harmful effects of secondhand smoke are small children and the elderly. While it can be awkward and feel confrontational to set these boundaries – especially with certain family members! – you protect the health of your whole family by doing so.

Shoot for Clean Indoor Air – The Dangers of Secondhand Smoke
There are some pretty alarming statistics linked to secondhand smoke alone:

  • 20-30% increased risk of heart disease
  • 20-30% increased risk of lung cancer
  • Increased risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome for babies exposed to secondhand smoke
  • More frequent ear infections in children exposed to secondhand smoke
  • Increased risk of ADHD in children exposed to tobacco smoke

Designating an Ideal Smoking Area

 Want Clean Indoor Air? Just Say No to Indoor Smoking!

A Japanese designated smoking area.

Contrary to what some people believe, opening a window does not eliminate the risks of indoor smoking in the home or vehicle. In an ideal world, no one would smoke cigarettes at all. Until that day comes, it’s wise to have a designated area for smokers to go. The ideal place is an area that diminishes the risk of others being exposed to the secondhand smoke.

The following guidelines from the EPA can help you determine where that might be near your home:

  • Should not be near any entryways, windows, or air ducts into the home.
  • Should not be near anywhere children play.
  • If outdoors, should not be anywhere where airflow directly affects entryways or windows.
  • If indoors, such as a shed or detached garage, should be well ventilated. Consider adding a smoke-reducing air purifier to indoor smoking areas.

Steps to Reduce Third Hand Smoke
It’s important to reduce exposure to third hand smoke as well. Third hand smoke is the residue left on a person’s body and clothes after smoking. We’ve all had that experience where you’re standing next to someone and you just know they are a smoker or spend a lot of time with one! That’s third hand smoke at work.

To lower that chances of third hand smoke entering the home, ask guests to wash their hands when they come in from smoking. Also, consider keeping a coat hanger just outside the door by the doormat rather than inside, to lessen the amount of third hand smoke enters the home on clothing.

Setting these boundaries with your family or other people in your life might not be the most fun thing in the world to do, but your home will be a much healthier place to be when all is said and done!

May Every Step You Take Be Healthy!

Best Regards,
Debbie Greenspan's signature
Debbie Estis Greenspan
Founder/CEO/Mom
Dr. Doormat, Inc.

10 Winter Tips for Fresh Air Indoors

We all tend to spend a lot more time indoors during the cold winter months. In fact, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, Americans spend about 90 percent of their time indoors, on average.

 10 Winter Tips for Fresh Air Indoors

Let your house breath this winter by opening the window when you clean.

Homes today are built and designed to be tighter and closed to control heating costs and operate more efficiently while keeping our homes comfortable in the cold weather.  Since it’s can be difficult to make sure that your space is well-ventilated when it’s freezing outside, it’s important to look for other ways to keep clean indoor air.

Fortunately, there are a few steps you can take to improve the quality of the air in your home this winter:

  1. Clean humidifiers regularly. Using these devices is common practice in the winter when the air is drier, but if they aren’t cleaned often, they can throw germs and toxins into the air.
  2. Use an air purifier. Some air filtration devices can remove up to 99% of the air pollution in your home!
  3. Ventilate as much as possible! While you definitely won’t be hanging around with your windows open all day like you can in the summer, consider opening them while you’re cleaning just to get some fresh air flowing in.  Reduce your use of aerosol cleaning sprays.
  4. Don’t forget about the exhaust fans in bathrooms and kitchens – these can be very helpful for ventilating your home.  Make sure the fan and screen are clean and free of grease and debris.
  5. Be sure to check the dryer in the laundry room see that it is properly ventilated outside reducing further dust circulation.
  6. Vacuum cleaner- Make sure the bag or canister is changed regularly and the cleaning head sanitized before use.

     10 Winter Tips for Fresh Air Indoors

    Dust and debris circulates though the central heating & air conditioning system.

  7. Duct Work- Have them sucked out or clean the screen or cover on the air intake.
  8. Change the air filters on the heating furnace.
  9. Wipe your feet on Dr. Doormat as you enter the home. Avoid bringing outdoor pollutants carried on the soles of your shoes inside by using one of our antimicrobial treated mats to remove the toxins from your shoes.
  10. Do not shake out doormats, bath mats or sheets in the home.  The small tiny dust particles will be launched and circulated through the air vents all over the house.

Follow these tips to improve your indoor air quality this winter so that you and your family can breathe easy and stay healthy while staying warm inside.

May Every Step You Take Be Healthy!

Best Regards,
Debbie Greenspan's signature
Debbie Estis Greenspan
Founder/CEO/Mom
Dr. Doormat, Inc.