Indoor air quality (IAQ) is a year-round issue that needs to be addressed whether in your home or business. Poor IAQ can cause problems such as headaches, nausea, and eye and throat irritation. More serious risks can include asthma and allergies. Children and the elderly are more at risk to experience symptoms of poor IAQ. Here are some common sources for poor IAQ and solutions to reduce the risks:
1. INTERIOR PAINT & NEW CARPETS:
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are gasses released by many household products such as interior paint and new carpets. If you are at home, try to use a low concentration of VOC-paints and leave windows open and a fan running while painting. Choose low-VOC carpet to also help reduce the amount of VOC gasses emitted. If this work is being done in your business, professionals will typically complete the job after work hours when employees aren’t present.
2. CLEANING PRODUCTS:
At home, try and avoid cleaning products containing chemicals such as ammonia and chlorine. Replace with hot water, baking soda and less-toxic cleaning products. For your business, Pilgrim Mat Services has a wide range of safe cleaning products for you to choose from!
3. HVAC SYSTEMS:
Systems with cracks, dirty air filters and poor ventilation can cause dangerous carbon monoxide buildup. Maintain your HVAC system on a regular basis by scheduling annual inspections and changing out air filters. Also make sure your carbon monoxide alarm is properly working with fresh batteries.
4. CIGARETTE SMOKE:
If someone in your home is a smoker, the best solution is to have the smoker smoke outside. Also keep in mind that second hand and third hand (smoke that lingers in clothes, cushions and carpets) smoke can be especially harmful to children and the elderly. Most businesses are now smoke-free zones providing a designated outdoor smoking area. Please don’t smoke near entrances to the building, as this doesn’t make a positive first impression on customers. Be mindful of your co-workers if you work in close proximity. If possible, wait until the end of your workday to light one up.
At Pilgrim Mat Services our priority is helping you keep your customers, vendors and employees safe from slips and falls in the workplace. We also want to keep you safe from poor indoor air quality in your home or business.
If you would like more information regarding our mat rental program and other services and products we offer, give us a call at 800-939-2523.