Indoor air quality can have a significant effect
on your health. Studies show that people spend 65 to 90 percent of their time
indoors, and indoor air can be two to five times more polluted than outdoor
air. The young, elderly, chronically ill, and those with respiratory or
cardiovascular disease are often the most impacted by poor indoor air quality.
Having good outdoor air quality is important because people do
not have a choice about the air they breathe. Sources of air pollution in
Washington State include motor vehicles, gas and diesel-powered equipment,
outdoor burning, wood smoke, industries and wildfires. Air pollution is linked
to a variety of health problems including wheezing and shortness of breath,
reducing lung function, aggravation of asthma and other respiratory diseases,
chest pain, non-fatal heart attacks and premature death among people with
existing lung and heart conditions.
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