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Indoor Asthma Triggers: Links and Resources

For more information about asthma and secondhand smoke, see the following:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (USEPA) "Take the Smoke Free Home" Pledge Campaign at www.epa.gov/iaq/ets.

For more information about asthma and mold, see the Michigan Department of Health & Human Service's "Molds in Your Home" fact sheet.

For more information on pests, pets and dust mites see the following: www.epa.gov/asthma/publications.html.

A healthy home is free of things that can cause health problems or injuries. Dust, mold, pets, roaches, mice, carbon monoxide, fires, smoke and poisons are some of the dangers that can make your home unhealthy. This online brochure can help you make your house free of things that can cause health problems or injuries.

Read a surveillance brief that summarizes data on triggers such as tobacco smoke, indoor pets, mold and wood burning stoves as well as trigger avoidance behaviors such as no carpeting in bedrooms, use of mattress covers and washing sheets in hot water.

Links and resources for indoor air quality problems related to the home

USEPA's "Introduction to IAQ": www.epa.gov/iaq/ia-intro.html.

For further questions and concerns about home indoor air quality, see the following U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA)websites for useful information on how to identify and minimize indoor air pollutants in the home:

For people without Internet access, call the USEPA at 1-800-438-4318 to speak to an IAQ information specialist.

USEPA's booklet "The Inside Story" on improving indoor air quality can also assist in selecting building materials to minimize indoor air irritants and allergens that may asthma symptoms. It is available at the following web site: www.epa.gov/iedweb00/pubs/insidest.html.

When remodeling the home, do not forget to consider indoor air quality. The USEPA offers some helpful tips at the following web sites:

The American Lung Association has the following website on home building materials and appliances that promote good indoor air quality: www.healthhouse.org/.