- Avoid Second-Hand Smoke – Passive smoke is produced by smokers but can harm non-smokers as well. Try to avoid areas that are filled with smoke and ask smokers to smoke outdoors.
- Check For Radon
– Radon arises naturally from the ground and could cause fatal lung cancer. Purchase a testing kit to find out if the radon level in your home is dangerously high.
- Don't Smoke – When you smoke, you not only harm yourself but also create problems for other people's health.
- Don't Use Wood Stoves – Wood stoves emit large amounts of CO indoors. This can build up in your home and create a dangerous health risk.
- Drive Less
– Cars are one of the largest sources of air pollution. You should carpool or take public transportation whenever possible.
- Have Plants – Plants can absorb some dangerous chemicals that are polluting your air. In doing so, they reduce your risk of getting sick.
- Look For Asbestos
– Many old homes still contain asbestos from when they were built. Asbestos can get into your lungs, stomach, and chest, causing problems that can prove fatal. As a result, you should look around your home for asbestos that is crumbling or loose and remove it.
- Minimize Air Conditioning – If you can avoid air-conditioning, do so. By keeping windows and shades shut, you may be able to avoid needing air conditioning, which will mean using less energy.
Use Efficient Appliances – To cut down on energy usage, buy energy-efficient home appliances. Less energy usage will not only decrease pollution, it will decrease your energy bill too.
- Watch Out For Formaldehyde – Don't buy products containing formaldehyde because it can enter the air and cause chronic respiratory problems.
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