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Location: 2242 Carroll Rd, Fort Wayne, IN 46818 Hours: 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 to 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday
Meet the Staff: Josh Blauvelt, BS, CHHS, Asst. Director; Tom McCue, BS, Env. Health Specialist II; Francis Koch, Env.Technician; Pat De Haven, Secretary; Seasonal Mosquito Technicians
Indoor Air Quality
We spend more time indoors than outdoors. Due to this behavior, the air inside our homes can drastically affect our health. As new homes are built, the air exchange rate lessens due to better insulation and construction methods. There is not much leakage to the outside or allowance of outdoor air to enter the house. Homes running air conditioners or heaters constantly do not allow for fresh air to enter and replace the old air. Lead dust, carbon monoxide, and radon are some of the indoor air quality issues that can cause health problems.
- Healthy Indoor Air for America's Homes
- Introduction to Indoor Air Quality
- Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools
Asbestos is the name given to a group of minerals naturally occurring in the environment as bundles of fibers that can be separated into long, durable threads. The fibers are resistent to heat, fire, and chemicals and do not conduct electricity making asbestos popular for use in a wide range of products, including building materials, automotive parts and heat-resistant fabrics (IDEM, 2012). Asbestos becomes a problem when the fibers begin to break apart. The fibers are inhaled and, after a period of time, can cause cause cancer and mesethelioma.
- Asbestos Information (US Environmental Protection Agency)
- Asbestos Information (Indiana Dept of Environmental Management)
Asthma is a respiratory disease caused by environmental triggers, such as mouse urine, feces or hair. These triggers cause the airways of the lung to tighten preventing a person from breathing easily. Other triggers include urine, feces and body parts of cockroaches and pet dander.
- ISDH Asthma Information
- ISDH Asthma Infographic
- Attack Asthma
- The Role of Pest Control in Effective Asthma Management
- What is Asthma?
- ALA Asthma Information
- Medline Asthma Information
- ALA Allergy Information
- Safe Cleaning for People with Asthma
Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that can cause death if too much is inhaled. The causes of carbon monoxide poisoning are malfunctioning gas stoves and furnaces, running vehicles in attached garages, and kerosene heaters. Carbon monoxide detectors should be placed on each floor of your house. Check the batteries regularly to ensure the detectors are functional.
- Protect Yourself and Your Family from Carbon Monoxide Poisoning (Burmese)
- Carbon Monoxide Detectors (Burmese)
- An Introduction to Carbon Monoxide
- Carbon Monoxide - Your Safe Home (En Español)
ENVIRONMENTAL TOBACCO SMOKE
Environmental tobacco smoke or secondhand smoke can cause serious health effects to people living in a home of a smoker, especially children because their lungs are still developing. Secondhand smoke contains more that 4,000 substances, several of which are known to cause cancer in humans or animals (EPA).
- Health Effects of Exposure to Secondhand Smoke
- Secondhand Tobacco Smoke and the Health of Your Family (En Español)
- Smoke-Free Homes and Cars Program
- Secondhand Smoke Information
- The Health Consequences of Exposure to Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke
FORMALDEHYDE / WOOD-PRESSED PRODUCTS
We are exposed to formaldehyde in our homes from wood-pressed products, gas stoves, kerosene heaters, and secondhand smoke. The highest exposure comes from the glue in wood-pressed products. "Exterior-grade" wood-pressed products should be purchased for use in your home.
- Please click here to visit the Childhood Lead Poisoning Program web page and click here to visit the Lead Screening web page.
Mercury is a naturally-occurring element that is found in air, water and soil. It exists in several forms: elemental or metallic mercury, inorganic mercury compounds, and organic mercury compounds. Elemental or metallic mercury is a shiny, silver-white metal and is liquid at room temperature. If heated, it is a colorless, odorless gas. Exposures to mercury can affect the human nervous system and harm the brain, heart, kidneys, lungs, and immune system. The most common way we are exposed to mercury is by eating fish or shellfish that are contaminated with mercury. Another less common exposure to mercury that can be a concern is breathing mercury vapor. These exposures can occur when elemental mercury or products that contain elemental mercury break and release mercury to the air, particularly in warm or poorly-ventilated indoor spaces. [EPA mercury page]
- Don't Mess with Mercury (ASTDR)
- Cleaning Up a Mercury Spill (EPA)
- How to Clean Up a Broken CFL Bulb (contains mercury) [EPA]
Please click here to visit the Radon web page.
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Long-term exposure to radon can lead to lung cancer. It is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers and the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the United States of America (EPA).
Free radon test kits are available through the Fort Wayne-Allen County Department of Health while supplies last. Call 260 449-7561 to find out where in the community test kits are available.