How do I know if I need a SafeHome Filter?

The EPA found that American households have higher concentrations of hazardous gases than outdoor pollution in urban and rural areas. While everyone’s health is at risk from these gases, your particular level of risk depends on your level of susceptibility and the presence of pollution sources in your house. Children and the elderly are particularly susceptible, but even healthy adults can be at great risk.

The best thing that you can do for reducing chemical pollution is address the source. Commons sources for significant amounts of chemical pollution include the following:

  • New construction homes
  • Painting, remodeling or carpet installation
  • Chemicals or paints stored within the home
  • Parking in attached or basement garages
  • New furniture or cabinets
  • Frequent dry cleaning
  • Smoking

New houses or ones that have recently been remodeled, painted or had carpet installed have the greatest risk for high concentrations of formaldehyde and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). VOCs include gases like benzene, a known carcinogen. Homes or rooms with new particle board based furniture are likely to have elevated levels of formaldehyde.

Keep in mind that a lot of gases come from household cleaning agents, particle board, paints, car exhaust, gas cans and more. Store pesticides, paint (particularly spray paint), glues, gas cans, etc. in a separate building or outside the home when possible.

The EPA found that chemicals from household cleaning agents are 3 times more likely to cause cancer than outdoor pollution. Research the products that you use and make sure the areas are well ventilated when you use them.

If you smoke, there’s not better time to stop than right now. 5 million U.S. children suffer from asthma caused by second hand smoke. If you must smoke, only smoke outside and consider ways to avoid bringing smoke gases and particles into your home through your clothes. A smoking jacket or overshirt may help some. The best thing is to simply stop smoking.