Asbestos Health Risks

Over time, asbestos fibers accumulate in the lungs and cause scarring and inflammation. This makes breathing increasingly difficult, and can even lead to cancer and other illnesses. Symptoms of these diseases may not appear until 10 to 50 years after the initial exposure occurred. Each year, approximately 2,000 to 3,000 Americans are diagnosed with mesothelioma, a […]

Asbestos Exposure

It wasn’t until the mid-20th century that researchers officially established the connection between asbestos exposure and serious respiratory conditions (although evidence was presented as early as the 1920s). But by then, millions of workers had already been exposed in the workplace and in other locations. While federal asbestos exposure limits were imposed in 1972, an […]

Asthma Triggers Part 5 – Pests

Droppings or body parts of cockroaches and other pests can trigger asthma. Certain proteins are found in cockroach feces and saliva and can cause allergic reactions or trigger asthma symptoms in some individuals. Cockroaches are commonly found in crowded cities and the southern regions of the United States. Cockroach allergens likely play a significant role in […]

Top Causes of House Fires

House fires cost home owners $6.9 Billion each year.  But what are some of the causes and statistics associated with fire losses?  Here’s a quick list: 42% of house fires start from Cooking 18% from Electrical issues 17% come from Arson cases 15% from Heating related issues 5% from Smoking 3% from indoor Candles 0.02% […]

Is Legionella Water Testing Important?

Outbreaks of Legionnaires’ disease receive significant media attention especially when a large number of people become ill or die. In contrast to highly publicized outbreaks, single infections with Legionella bacteria often go unnoticed. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), between 8,000 and 18,000 people are hospitalized with Legionnaires’ disease in the […]

Pollen Counts

Hundreds of thousands of people suffer from hay fever, and this season is shaping up to be one of the worst in years. The late spring has compressed the season, and there’s been little rain to wash the pollen out of the air. Tree pollen is very large and very obvious, but wild bluegrass and other […]

Mold In Infancy Raises Asthma Risks

Infants raised in a home with moldy areas may be more likely to develop childhood asthma. A new study shows that infants who lived in moldy homes were nearly three times more likely to have childhood asthma by age 7.  “Early life exposure to mold seems to play a critical role in childhood asthma development,” […]

Radon Health Effects

Radon is a radioactive gas that causes cancer. Radon is found in rock, soil, water, some building materials, and natural gas. You can’t see, taste, or smell it. Any home, school, office, or other building can have high levels of radon. Radon is found in new and old buildings. It can seep in through the […]

6 Common Indoor Allergy Triggers

If cold, wintry weather is keeping you indoors, remember: Year-round, that’s home to many of the peskiest allergy and asthma triggers, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. So if you have allergies or asthma, it’s a good idea to ensure that your home is as free of triggers as possible—or at least find ways to […]