Fri November 15, 2013
Earth Calendar for November 15th and November 16th
Chilly temperatures keep many of us inside during the winter months more than other times of the year. Just as the air we breathe outside can affect our health, so can the air we breathe inside homes, schools and offices. Poor ventilation, high temperatures and humidity indoors can increase indoor pollutant levels and people who may be exposed to indoor air pollutants for long periods of time-the elderly, children and people with chronic illnesses-are often the most susceptible to health effects.
Indoor air pollutants come from a variety of sources, including wood stoves and fireplaces, cleaning products, paints and lacquers, mold and pet dander. There are simple ways to care for the air inside your home. Ventilate to increase the amount of fresh air in your home. When weather permits, open windows and doors to let fresh air in. Change filters on furnaces and air conditioners regularly-these filters trap dust and other pollutants. Install a carbon monoxide alarm to alert you and your family of dangerous levels of this colorless, odorless gas that can build up when space heaters, wood stoves, fireplaces and other combustible appliances are improperly vented.
On Our Calendar: The Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District’s free yard trimmings drop-off sites will close for the season on Sunday, November 24th. This program is for Hamilton County residents only. Residents who drop-off yard trimmings must bring proof of residency, such as a driver’s license or utility bill. Landscapers and commercial establishments are NOT eligible to participate in this program. For drop-off site locations, hours of operation and guidelines please visit the website.