Health Tip: Keeping Mold at Bay12/03/10
(HealthDay News) -- Indoor mold can lead to allergy and
respiratory problems that can prove deadly.
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) and the
American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI) offer
these suggestions for keeping mold growth in your home under
- Keep the indoor humidity level at less than 40 percent. A
hygrometer can help you monitor indoor humidity. A dehumidifier
and/or air conditioner may be needed, especially in damp areas of
- Fix the source of any water leaks that allow mold spores to
grow on windowsills or in refrigerator drip pans.
- Identify areas where molds and mildew reside on hard surfaces,
and clean these areas with a bleach-based product.
- Make sure your home has adequate ventilation. Use exhaust fans
in the kitchen and bathroom, and ventilate clothes dryers to the
- Clean your shower curtain frequently.
- Minimize the number of live indoor plants.
- Keep windows closed, if possible.
- Do not carpet bathrooms and basements, especially if there are
mildew problems in these rooms.
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