Indoor Air Pollution, how bad is it?
It is the need of the hour to understand what indoor air pollution is and where our country stands when it comes to the invisible killer. It is a fact that like every other developing country, we have spewed loads and loads of pollutants in the air. But this problem is not a concern for only developing countries. Developed countries as well, have been facing this nuisance for some time now. But how bad is it?
Outdoor air pollution claimed the lives of 42 lakh people all over the world last year. What about indoor air pollution? 38 lakh. As much as outdoor air pollution. Thus, it is safe to assume that our next public health hazard is not going to come from somewhere out of our four walls but in fact from within our very own household.
Let’s dive deep into some interesting facts about indoor air pollution, in particular!
Top 8 Facts about Indoor Air Pollution
Lesser Years To Live
Where some of us barely exercise to remain fit, what will happen when the air around us make our bodies even weaker? According to a report by UNEP, half of the Indian population may lose 3 years of their lives due to air pollution.
Is TB better than Air Pollution?
Tuberculosis caused the death of 13 lakh people worldwide in one year. Indoor Air pollution claimed the lives of 13 Lakh people all by itself, JUST IN INDIA. A disease as grave as TB,that conflicts as much damage all over the world,Indoor Air Pollution does that much damage, just in India.
Second Hand Smoke,the Top Indoor Air Pollutant
Second Hand Smoke arises from what we also know as Passive Smoking. As it turns out, the second hand smoke is one of the worst indoor air pollutants that makes the air we breathe in very hostile. Even long after the act of smoking is completed, the second hand smoke still lurks in our houses, wreaking havoc on our loved ones.
The Venomous Air Fresheners
Air Fresheners, as marketed as rosy products, are not so rosy after all. Air fresheners contain phthalates and other hazardous chemicals that can be easily inhaled or absorbed by the skin. These chemicals are known to increase the risk of diseases like cancers and heart diseases.
But Are Candles Better?
Candles are not all good either. Candles made from Paraffin Wax, contain carcinogens and hydrocarbons that are known to make serious health complications when absorbed by the body. Candles are known to deteriorate the Air Quality Index the most. Have a look at this report which delves deep into this topic.
Inkjet Printers Too?
Yes, that’s right. Inkjet Printers use printing inks that contain glymes. These compounds are considered as indoor air pollutants as they inflict a lot of damage onour reproductive organs. With offices all around the world using these inks, it is no doubt that the air pollutants level in these premises are severely high, hurting the air quality index.
The Worst Air Quality is Among the Most Sacred of Places – School
According to certain estimates, schools accommodate four times the occupants(students) than a normal standard office. Thus, with four times the number of humans and an even weaker immune system of children, schools are the places where the indoor air pollution creates severe health complications and diseases. With majority of the schools being close to high traffic streets, due to all the development activities, children are more and more susceptible to the dangers of air pollution.
Your Kitchen is not as good as you think!
Kitchens are a nexus of indoor air pollutants as all the chemicals that create health issues, like nitrogen dioxide, carbon monoxide, particulate matter, formaldehyde and hydrocarbons, are produced in the process of cooking
Thus, it is not improper to say that our indoor air health is not as sustainable as we think it is. The Indoor Air Quality is a very important metric in todays’ world of gruesome pollution and thus the air should be monitored in accordance with the stringent standards. This might be the only way to live a healthy and happy life!