Today’s sealed and insulated buildings often result in indoor air that is actually more polluted than the air outside. Indoor air pollutants such as mildew, dust, mold, diesel bus exhaust, compounds in building materials, toxic cleaners and pesticides can cause asthma, headaches, rashes, chemical sensitivities and other problems for children.
In short, indoor air pollutants can inhibit a child’s ability to concentrate and learn in the school environment. The good news is, indoor air pollution can be reduced through good planning and building maintenance.
Key elements to secure good indoor air quality include:
No-idling zones outside the school building
Non-toxic pest control
Least-toxic and fragrance-free cleaning products
Establishing construction-free zones during the school day
Using low-VOC paint
Well maintained and properly-functioning heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems
Good building maintenance (no leaking roofs, plumbing, etc.)
The Center for Health, Environment and Justice can help you and your community if you are facing an environmental health risk. From leaking landfills and polluted drinking water to incinerators and hazardous waste sites, we can help you take action towards a healthier future. Call us.