Indoor Air Quality
It’s estimated that folks spend 80-90% of our time indoors. That fact alone gives cause for us to be aware of our opportunities to improve our health by caring for our IAQ. The federal government will not force regulations on our personal living space, but it can and does regulate the products that we use in them and to construct them. The rest is up to us to do, being conscientious consumers and diligent dwellers. It’s a good idea, at the very least, to change the air in your house every three days. But here are some areas where the Tribe’s Air Program helps our Citizens.
- Mold: US EPA has determined that there are way too many different types of mold to quantify which ones are unhealthy to breathe their spores, versus which ones are not. Instead, it is proper to follow a zero-policy rule. Moisture is the key word here. Stop the moisture to stop the spread of mold. Clean mold with a dilution of bleach and white vinegar. Never mix ammonia with bleach, for that will release a deadly gas. The Air Program has stopped performing tests for mold since it is easy to tell if you have it or not, due to its odor. Here are some links for how to deal with mold. If you need assistance, please feel free to call the Program Manager at (207)817-7340 and leave a message.
- Radon: The second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States is a colorless, odorless gas that seeps into the basement of a house from the ground. A mobile home will generally be safe from this due to the nature of the skirting and air movement through it.