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Best Practices for Preventing Childhood Asthma

  • • Install exhaust fans close to sources of contamination such as fuel-burning appliances, wood stoves, kerosene or gas space heaters, fireplaces, etc., and then vent to the outside.
  • • Do not use gas cooking appliances as a heating source.
  • • Change clothing when coming home from work.
  • • Avoid using products that produce smoke, perfumes, various sprays, solvents, etc.
  • • Use high-efficiency particulate air filters in vents in rooms and in vacuum cleaners.
  • • Keep children away from trucks and buses that are idling.
  • • Monitor outdoor air quality while keeping children indoors during an unhealthy range of air pollutants.
  • • Keep pets out of a child’s bedroom.
  • • Remove carpets from rooms and use other floor surfaces.
  • • Use a portable air cleaner with high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters in a child’s bedroom.
  • • Do not use ozone generators in living quarters.
  • • Use traps and baits to control mice and rats in living quarters.
  • • Encase all pillows and mattresses that a child sleeps on with non-permeable material and wash all bedding in hot water weekly.
  • • Remove stuffed toys on the pillow of the child.
  • • Use a damp mop or rag to remove dust.
  • • Keep home and car totally smoke-free.
  • • Reduce potential for mold/mildew by controlling leaks, venting bathrooms, clothes dryers, and other sources of water.
  • • Keep the child away from air conditioning in the home and car when it is first started.
  • • Do not allow the child to rake leaves, mow lawns, or work with mulch.
  • • If mold or mildew appears, remove the child from the area and wash the area with chlorine bleach solution.
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