Archive for October, 2012
Philadelphia Air Quality Awareness Month
In case you did not know, October is air quality awareness month in Philadelphia, PA. During this month, S.W.A.T. Environmental encourages citizens of Philadelphia to educate themselves about all of the dangers involved with poor air quality. We also encourage you to take action against the poor air quality in the Philadelphia area with radon mitigation, or an air purification system to reduce the levels of pollutants, and improve your Philadelphia air quality.
In order to know whether or not you need to worry about poor air quality, you should see if you or a loved one falls within a high risk group. Children are considered a higher risk because of their developing lungs. Those who spend more time outdoors than the average person, and those who already have an existing lung condition may be at an increased risk to the adverse health effects of poor air quality.
Let us take a look at the health risks associated with poor air quality in Philadelphia. If you expose yourself to poor air quality, you may be subject to tightness in the chest, shortness of breath, reduced white blood cells, and permanent lung damage. Each year roughly 2 million people perish from poor indoor air quality, and in excess of a million additional lives are lost from poor outdoor air quality.
We have yet to even touch on radon gas which is another indoor air threat for Philadelphia residents. Did you know that over 20,000 people die each year from radon gas in the form of lung cancer? This means that more people die from radon gas than drunk driving. The gas forms naturally in your soil, meaning that it could occur in nearly any Philadelphia home. Seeping through your foundation and into your home, there is no way to detect whether this deadly gas is present in your Philadelphia home without a radon test.
Air Quality Index of Philadelphia
Philadelphia residents can relax a little bit knowing that the air quality level is clearly displayed by the EPA. The EPA has developed a program to state the overall air quality of cities throughout the United States, meaning that you can quickly judge whether or not it is okay to go outside. The scale runs from zero to five hundred, and any level above fifty contains some type of health risk. As the number increases, so does your health risk, so be careful.
As previously mentioned, this is air quality awareness month. While you may not be able to change the total air quality of Philadelphia, you can change the air quality in your Philadelphia home. You can contact S.W.A.T. Environmental for a free quote on an air purification system that reduces the level of pollutants, and provides radon mitigation, improving the air quality of your home. Do not risk your health any longer, and take action during air quality awareness month for your Philadelphia home.
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