Dealing with Unexpected Indoor Air Pollution
Posted by Shifrah on Monday, October 10, 2011
The more you know about the dangers of the toxic chemicals that are all around us, the more you do your best to avoid them. Simple lifestyle changes like swapping Windex for a homemade vinegar solution to clean glass and major decisions like choosing to purchase a natural foam mattress instead of a typical one filled with poisonous flame retardants are all affected by a desire to minimize exposure to noxious fumes.

But what happens when indoor air pollution "attacks"? What can you do when you know the air you're breathing is toxic but there's nothing you can do to stop the pollution? Here's what I mean: Last Friday, a maintenance man came to our apartment to fix a leaking A/C unit. (I hate to even think about the mildew that must be forming in the pipes, not to mention the patch of carpet that has been perpetually damp. Good thing we're moving next month.)

Part of what the worker did involved using some kind of spray adhesive, which I wasn't warned about beforehand. The fumes were instantly overwhelming – to the point where I could taste them in my mouth. I scooped up the children from their lunches and whisked them outside while my husband ran around opening windows and turning on fans to increase ventilation and fresh air circulation.

We went out for a while so the fumes could subside. Another thing I hate to think about is how the chemical probably settled onto furniture and carpeting, but I don't know what I can do about that. Do you have experience dodging unexpected indoor air pollution? What's your way of escaping it or alleviating the problem?

(Allergy friends, this sudden fleeing from our home caused my usual Friday blog post to go clear out of my head. I'm sorry, and 'til next time!)

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