Archive for October, 2012
Lansing Air Quality
The city of Lansing, Michigan may have a new threat in order to worry about. Air quality in Lansing, Michigan can be a serious threat to your health, and the health of loved ones. The EPA has determined that there are a substantial number of health effects that can greatly damage your health.
Poor air quality can cause shortness of breath, tightness in the chest, permanent lung damage, increased likelihood of illness, and more serious health effects. These should all ring a bell, especially the risk of permanent lung damage. These risks may be increased if you are a child with developing lungs, spend an ample amount of time outdoors, or have any preexisting lung conditions.
Another serious concern in addition to poor air quality is radon gas. Radon gas has been proven to cause lung cancer, and claims the lives of 22,000 people every single year. Naturally occurring in the soil, radon gas can enter your Lansing, Michigan home without you knowing. Radon gas is invisible, and does not have a smell, which means that the only way to determine whether it is affecting you and your family is with a professional completing a radon test.
Air Quality Index in Lansing
The air quality index is a great scale to determine the overall air quality of Lansing, MI. With a scale of 0 to 500, it gives us an accurate reading to the level of health risk associated with breathing in these toxic gases. The air quality index actually includes a number of factors for a complete scope of the true air quality in the area. Including ground level ozone, carbon monoxide levels, particle pollution levels, and sulfur dioxide levels, the air quality index is a great way to find out whether or not you may experience increased health risks in Lansing.
Any level from 0 to 50 is deemed safe, and okay for you to be breathing. The levels are amplified when additional pollution is apparent, rendering greater health risks. Any level above fifty indicates some type of health risk for Lansing residents, and it only increases as the level increases. Levels in excess of 200 and 300 are recorded nearly every year, and indicate a serious threat that can damage anyone’s health in the area.
As mentioned previously, radon gas is not included in the air quality index, meaning you will need to have your Lansing home tested to ensure it is not at any type of health risk. Radon gas is present in roughly 15% of all homes in the United states, meaning that it is extremely important to test your home to ensure proper air quality. Luckily, S.W.A.T. Environmental specializes in air quality, and can provide a mitigation system, or air purification system, that can reduce your radon levels by as much as 99%, and reduce the level of pollutants as well. Contact us today for a free quote.
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