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At GHHI we have leading experts on lead safety, environmental health, family advocacy, tenant's rights, energy efficiency, home safety issues, pest control and more. They have provided several answers to frequently asked questions on this page. If you don’t see what you’re looking for, send us your questions by filling out the formto the right and we’ll find one of our experts to help get it answered!

Can home weatherization improve asthma symptoms?

Yes, data shows weatherization, combined with healthy homes interventions can improve asthma symptoms by preventing excess cold and humid air from entering the home. Weatherization can also improve the quality of air circulating through the home’s ventilation systems and assist with the elimination of mold and moisture in the home, particularly in areas such as the bathroom, kitchen and basement.

Is there a connection between the weather and my child’s asthma?

Cold/dry air and hot/humid air can trigger asthma symptoms. To help protect you child from the extreme weather elements parents should:

  • Check forecasts for pollen and ozone levels in their local region.
  • Keep children indoors on extremely hot or cold days.
  • Make sure your child wears a scarf over his or her nose and mouth during cold weather seasons.
  • Keep windows closed at night when it’s cold outside.
  • Carry your child’s rescue inhaler and spacer with you in case of emergency.

Can mold in my home trigger my child’s asthma? What can I do to eliminate mold?

Mold spore inhalation can trigger asthma attacks, especially in children.Your child may also be allergic to mold. People with mold allergies may experience watery eyes, headaches,runny noses and itching.

To eliminate and prevent mold in homes, use these techniques:

  • Identify and fix all water problems(roof and pipes leaks). Look for water stains on ceilings, walls and floors.
  • Make sure your home is properly ventilated, especially in bathrooms, kitchens and basements.
  • Avoid carpeting in kitchens,bathrooms and basements.
  • Clean flooded areas in the home within one day.
  • Mold on surfaces 10 square feet or less can be cleaned with a damp cloth or mop and detergent solution. Mold on surfaces more than 10 square feet should be cleaned by a licensed professional mold remediation company.

How can I decrease tobacco smoke exposure in my home?

  • Don’t smoke indoors.
  • When smoking outside, be sure the door and windows are completely closed prevent smoke from drifting inside.
  • Change clothes after smoking,especially before spending time with asthmatics.
  • Seek help to stop smoking.

What are dust mites and how can I get rid of them?

Dust mites are microscopic organisms that can be found in everyhome. Dust mites feed on dead skin cells often located on pillows, mattresses, carpets and upholstered furniture.

To decrease the presence of dust mites in your home, follow these steps:

  • Wash bedding weekly in hot water.
  • Use dust-proof mattress and pillow covers.
  • Vacuum weekly with a HEPA vacuum cleaner, especially in bedroom areas.
  • Dust weekly with a damp cloth.
  • Reduce moisture sources to decrease humidity.
  • Reduce clutter.



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