SCI 275 Week 5 - DQ 2 - 8038

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Describe at least three potential indoor air quality (IAQ) hazards in your home. What are the possible health impacts of each hazard? Do you believe your health is at risk based on your exposure to the three IAQ hazards? Why or why not? What can you do to reduce exposure to the hazard?

Three potential indoor air quality hazards are: carbon monoxide, environmental tobacco smoke, and pesticides. Carbon monoxide can come from a number of things. To name a few, exhaust from vehicles in garages attached to the house, tobacco smoke, furnaces, gas and water heaters, woodstoves and fireplaces, as well as gas stoves all have the potential to increase the risk of carbon monoxide pollution in our homes. Environmental tobacco smoke from cigarettes, pipes or cigars will also increase the indoor air quality hazard if smoked inside. In addition, pesticides used to kill insects pose a threat to the quality of our indoor air. 
Each one of these hazards poses specific health problems if we are exposed to them. When exposed to carbon monoxide, it can cause minor symptoms such as fatigue to more serious symptoms such as nausea. It all depends on how much you are exposed to. At very high dosages carbon monoxide is fatal. Environmental tobacco smoke can cause a number of health issues as well. Smoking tobacco or being exposed to the smoke can cause lung cancer, respiratory tract infections, severe asthmas, decreased lung functions, and a number of other things. Pesticides can cause eye, nose, and throat irritation as well as damage to our central nervous system. Pesticides can also increase the risk of cancer.
I personally do not believe that my health is at risk to any of these three indoor air quality hazards. I do not think we have any issues with carbon monoxide because we do not have a garage attached to the house so carbon monoxide from the vehicle is not a threat. We have our appliances checked routinely to ensure they are working properly. In addition, I do not have to worry about smoke from tobacco because we do not allow smoking in the house. The only health problem that I might ever run in to would be from pesticides. We do use them outside for pest control an there might be a small chance that they get tracked inside, but I do not think it poses a big threat.
Even though each one of these hazards poses specific health risks, there are things we can do to reduce exposure to them. To reduce exposure to carbon monoxide, we can not idle our car in garages attached to out house or install an exhaust fan to ventilate the garage. In addition, we can have all furnaces, stoves, chimneys, and heaters checked routinely to ensure that they are working properly. To reduce exposure to tobacco smoke we can: not smoke in our homes, nor allow anyone else to do so. We could make sure that the room we smoke in is properly ventilated if we can not avoid smoking inside. We can limit our exposure to pesticides by: using and storing pesticides exactly as suggested by the manufacturer, ensuring proper ventilation when using indoors, and use other sources of pest controls before resorting to pesticides.

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Describe at least three potential indoor air quality (IAQ) hazards in your home. What are the possible health impacts of each hazard? Do you believe your health is at risk based on your exposure to the three IAQ hazards? Why or why not? What can you do to reduce exposure to the hazard?

Three potential indoor air quality hazards are: carbon monoxide, environmental tobacco smoke, and pesticides. Carbon monoxide can come from a number of things. To name a few, exhaust from vehicles in garages attached to the house, tobacco smoke, furnaces, gas and water heater