5 Ways Dads Can Fight For Clean Air
1. No idling.
Vehicle exhaust contains air toxins and fine particles, among other pollutants. The pollution from a running engine impacts all of our health, but particularly our children and those with asthma suffer. The toxins produced are associated with increased incidence of respiratory ailments and heart disease, as well as greater cancer risk.†Idling produces more emissions per minute than driving.
2. Get some fresh air.
Generally speaking,†outdoor air quality is much better than indoor air quality. Take the time to open the windows when the weather warms up or take a walk outside.
3. Invest in a few indoor houseplants.
Many common houseplants†act as an air filter, removing toxins from the air we breathe. They are known to produce oxygen from CO2 and they absorb toxins including benzene (gasoline, inks, oils, paints, plastics, and rubber), formaldehyde and/or trichloroethylene (printing inks, paints, lacquers, varnishes, and adhesives).
4. Test your home for radon.
Radon is a colorless, tasteless and odorless gas that causes lung cancer. Radon can build up to dangerous levels inside homes, schools and other buildings. Exposure to radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, after smoking. If the test shows elevated levels of radon, the problem can be fixed cost-effectively.†Long-term exposure to radon can lead to lung cancer.
5. Choose not to smoke.
Every year in the U.S. over†392,000 people die from tobacco-caused disease, making it the leading cause of preventable death. Another 50,000 people die from exposure to secondhand smoke. If youíre going to smoke, take it outside the home and donít do it in the presence of children.
Millions of Americans†continue to breathe unhealthy air.