|Materials used in building construction and conditions resulting from property damage, or even poor maintenance and upkeep, can result in indoor air pollution that could jeopardize a person's health. Many of the sources of Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) problems (i.e. formaldehyde, mold, radon, etc.) can be easily prevented and corrected by simple measures. Therefore, to help homeowners and business owners recognize and correct problems they may be experiencing, the following sources have been pulled together for easy access to useful information and answers to solve indoor air pollution. The information consists of guidance on most IAQ issues and associations of professional consultants should these services be desired or needed. Authorization and resources do not allow the MDEQ to visit homes and businesses to test for indoor pollution, but the agency is striving to be of assistance through the information it is making available here. |
|“How to Request Your Landlord to Make Repairs Under the Mississippi Residential Landlord Act”: pdf
For additional guidance from Mississippi Legal Services on Housing Issues, click HERE.
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|About Mold and other Indoor Pollutants
For EPA's opionion about Ozone Generators, click HERE
Asthma & Allergies
Biological contaminants include bacteria, viruses, animal dander and cat saliva, dust mites, cockroaches, and pollen.
To read an EPA introductory booklet and this topic, click HERE.
Carbon Monoxide (CO)
Fireplaces, Wood stoves, Wood heaters, Wood boilers
The major pollutants released from these sources are carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, and fine particles. Unvented kerosene heaters may also generate acid aerosols. (Recent regulatory requirements require wood boilers to be no closer than 100 ft from a residence).
To read an EPA introductory booklet and this topic, click HERE .
- To read an EPA introductory booklet and this topic, click HERE.
- A Consumer Product Safety Commission document on Formaldehyde, click HERE
Note on mobile homes, travel trailers and cottages:
Formaldehyde is a common ingredient in pressed-wood products, including particle board, and can cause eye, nose, and throat irritation, wheezing and coughing, fatigue, skin rashes, headaches, nosebleeds, and severe allergic reactions.. Formaldehyde levels are generally much higher in the warmer months. Good ventilation can dilute and reduce levels quite a bit.
Household Cleaning Chemicals and Sprays
Safe household cleaners
- EPA Green Seal recommended products, click HERE.
- Melaleuca safe cleaning products -- 1-800-282-3000 , click HERE.
- Green Works™ natural cleaners, click HERE.
- Healthy Child product recommendations, click HERE.
- Rochester Midland Corp. -- products for industry and school use, 1-800-836-1633, click HERE.
U.S. Surgeon General Health Advisory
"Indoor radon gas is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the United States and breathing it over prolonged periods can present a significant health risk to families all over the country. It's important to know that this threat is completely preventable. Radon can be detected with a simple test and fixed through well-established venting techniques." January 2005
A Citizen's Guide to Radon: The Guide to Protecting Yourself and Your Family from Radon
To see this EPA booklet online, click HERE
"Home Buyer's and Seller's Guide to Radon"
To see this EPA booklet online, click HERE
One may also call the Radon hotline number at the National Safety Council
(800) SOS-RADON or (800) 55-RADON
Compared to other states, most of Mississippi has a low predictive indoor radon screening. Radon levels in Alcorn, Union, Pontotoc, Lee, Chickasaw, Clay, Lowndes, and Noxubee have a medium predictive level.
To view radon maps of any state click HERE
Discounted radon test kits are available from the National Safety Council - 1-800-SOS-RADON ;
Read the section in "A Citizen's Guide to Radon" listed above for a discussion on how to get reliable radon test results.
Schools: The Indoor Radon Program in Mississippi provides free screening for schools in participating areas. Call 1-800-626-7739 or (601) 987-6893.
Smoke (Tobacco Smoke and Second hand smoke)
|Resources for Research|
- EPA's Indoor Air Quality page, click HERE
- "The Inside Story: A Guide to Indoor Air Quality": click HERE
Indoor airPLUS: This EPA's program offers guidance and building specifications for good indoor home planning and construction: click HERE
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
National Service Center for Environmental Publications (NSCEP)
P.O. Box 42419
Cincinnati, OH 45242-0419
Fax: (301) 604-3408
Note: The NSCEP operates a Toll-free phone service for EPA Publication Assistance with live customer service representative assistance Monday through Friday from 9:00am-5:30pm eastern time.
EPA's Indoor Air Quality Information Line: toll-free number: 1-800-438-4318
Publications on Multiple IAQ Topics
Organizations that Address Indoor Air Issues
|Consultants and Laboratories|
Related IAQ Topics
Training and Certification
- American Council for Accredited Certification, Click HERE.
- National Center for Healthy Housing (Formerly the National Center for Lead-Safe Housing), Click HERE
- Free online course: "Introduction to Mold & Mold Remediation for Environmental and Public Health Professionals", Click HERE.
Office Building Environments
Building and Remodeling
|For More Information Contact Bryan Williams 601.961.5799|
Or Air Toxics Branch