As a parent, being concerned about your child’s health is a full-time job. But while trip to the playground, a theme park or the pool can leave you on high alert, do you ever think about your child’s health when they go to school? While it may not be at the forefront of your mind, the indoor air quality (IAQ) in schools can be an important factor when it comes to how healthy your child is. Want to boost your IAQ knowledge? Here are five useful resources to help you learn more about this potential issue.
1. First things first: learn the basics of indoor air pollution and how it can affect children’s health with the Healthy Schools Network Parent’s Guide to School Indoor Air Quality.
2. According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration, IAQ in many schools isn’t as safe as it should be, often because of the age and condition of many school buildings across the country. Although these buildings may have the same amount of floor space as office buildings, most of them typically hold four times as many occupants, with many of the students much closer together than the typical group of coworkers.
3. The Environmental Protection Agency has several great guides for educators and school districts to use, including a list of IAQ Tools for Schools Action Kit. This kit shows schools how to practically implement cost-effective strategies to make indoor air quality better using the best practices, industry guidelines, sample policies to create, and a sample IAQ management plan.
4. The EPA also provides a package called the School Advanced Ventilation Engineering Software (SAVES) to help school designers assess financial and health benefits of new energy systems.
5. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health has also published an online self-inspection checklist that provides general recommendations to approach IAQ issues in school districts.
While it may be more complex to be involved in making changes to your local school’s IAQ strategies and policies, there are several easy and quick steps you can take to improve your home’s indoor air quality for all the hours your family spends in the comfort of your home. For more information and quick assistance on maintaining good IAQ, contact Weather Engineers. Our technicians can keep you and your family healthy with fresh, clean air year round. Call us today or schedule an appointment online.
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