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7 ways to reduce your exposure to air pollution – indoors

Don’t allow smoking in your house or vehicles.
Test your home for radon.

Buy a test kit or hire a certified radon professional to make sure the radon levels in your home are effectively reduced.

Make sure that appliances that run on or burn wood, coal, kerosene or gas are properly installed and ventilated, working properly, well maintained and inspected regularly.
Make sure your home is well ventilated.

Ventilation increases the amount of outdoor air that comes inside. It removes stale indoor air and reduces indoor air pollutants.

Switch from a coal- or wood-burning heat source to an electric, natural gas or oil heat source.

If you cook or heat with coal or wood, lower your risk by using efficient stoves and fireplaces with effective chimneys. Rather than high-temperature frying, use lower-temperature cooking methods (such as steaming, boiling, poaching, stewing, casseroling or braising).

Consider using an air cleaner, which removes particles from the air.

Unfortunately, most air cleaners are not very good at removing gases. That’s why controlling the source of indoor air pollution and having good ventilation are much better options for improving indoor air quality.

Don’t idle your vehicle or run other fuel-burning engines in a closed garage or workshop.

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