Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Classes Cancelled at Two Conception Bay South Schools Due to Mold: St. George’s Elementary and Frank Roberts Junior High Affected

St. George’s Elementary and Frank Roberts Junior High, in the Long Pond neighborhood of Conception Bay South, Newfoundland have been temporarily closed to rectify a mold problem that has caused poor air quality in the two schools.

Complaints of unusual smells led to the identification of mold around classroom windows.

Health Canada along with Indoor Air Quality Experts warn the potential health effects and symptoms associated with mold exposures may include allergic reactions, asthma, and other respiratory complaints—- especially in school children.

“Mold is a serious problem requiring both carbon and HEPA filtration to filter live mold spores, dead decaying fragments of mold spores as well as the dangerous mycotoxin gases mold produce when under stress,” said Indoor Air Quality Expert, B.Chem. Eng. Karen Hand. “Activated carbon is the safest and most effective method for adsorbing these harmful pollutants.”

When handling mold situations, Hand recommends the incorporation of air purifiers—especially when dealing with schools, where air quality is critical to the health and success of school children. “The school board will need to contact Indoor Air Quality Experts to discuss a customized air purification plan for the affected schools,” said Hand.

For more information on air purifiers and mold in schools, contact AllerAir at 888-852-8247.

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