SEARHC offers free indoor air discussion in Kake

December 27 2011

The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) will offer a free discussion about indoor air quality and how it impacts your health and safety on Wednesday, Jan. 18, at the Kake Senior Center. The discussion takes place directly following lunch, about 12:45 p.m.

Mold, tobacco, carbon monoxide, wood smoke, pet dander, aromatic chemicals and other sources of air pollution can be found inside many homes in Southeast Alaska. People tend to spend more time indoors with their doors and windows closed during the winter. This means people are exposed to unhealthy indoor air pollution sources, which can trigger health issues such as asthma, headaches, nausea, carbon monoxide poisoning and more. SEARHC Environmental Health Director Jim Clare and Environmental Health Technician Andrew Atkinson will discuss how to protect your home and family from unhealthy indoor air.

For more information about this discussion, contact SEARHC Kake Elder Care Resource Coordinator Margo Wilson at 785-6536. To learn more about the importance of clean, healthy indoor air in Alaska, go to http://www.epa.gov/region10/tribal/air/alaska.html, or go to http://www.epa.gov/iaq/pubs/careforyourair.html for general clean indoor air quality tips. Van rides home will be provided to elders attending the discussion, and refreshments will be served.