|Poor indoor air quality can affect children and staff.|
Bad air is more than a nuisance - it can actually be harmful to human health, aggravate respiratory conditions and stunt a child's productivity and learning capability.
As many schools in the United States celebrate Healthy Schools Day today, it is important to remind ourselves about what a difference a healthy environment can make in a child’s life.
Children are among the most vulnerable groups when it comes to indoor air pollution and environmental toxins, and with them spending so much time in school, administrators, parents and communities need to do their part to protect the young learners.
The average child spends about 1,300 hours in a school building each year; teachers and other employees spend even longer periods.
Common indoor air pollutants
Unfortunately, many schools are old or in poor condition, and children may be exposed in varying degrees to common indoor air pollutants such as
- Chemicals (VOCs)
- Particles and allergens
- Biological contaminants
- Outdoor air pollutants from industrial emissions, vehicle emissions etc.
With their Healthy Schools program, the EPA is trying to help schools provide a healthier learning environment and reduce indoor air pollution as much as possible.
It starts with people getting on the same page and making a Healthy School a priority, getting informed, making a plan and implementing changes.
How to improve air quality in schools
Some of the easy and effective changes could include:
- Opening the windows regularly, or the transom over the door to encourage natural air flow
- Keeping classrooms tidy and free of clutter
- Banning pets and foods in class to avoid pests (and blocking pest entry points)
- Using low-odor and non-toxic supplies such as water-based, unscented markers
- Banning plug-in air fresheners and room deodorizers
- Reducing the use of scented personal care products (perfume, cologne, scented hair sanitizers, etc.)
- Minimizing the use of disinfectants and using certified green cleaning products – or simply hot water and soap
- Reporting water leaks (however tiny) right away to avoid mold growth
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