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Indoor Air Quality

All of us face a variety of risks to our health as we go about our day-to-day lives. Driving in cars, flying in planes, engaging in recreational activities, and being exposed to environmental pollutants all pose varying degrees of risk. Some risks are simply unavoidable. Some we choose to accept because to do otherwise would restrict our ability to lead our lives the way we want. We might choose to avoid some risks if we had the opportunity to make informed choices. Indoor air pollution is a risk that you can do something about.

In the last several years, a growing body of scientific evidence has indicated that indoor air may be more polluted than outdoor air. Other research indicates that people spend about 90 percent of their time indoors. Thus, for many people, the risks to health may be greater due to exposure to air pollution indoors than outdoors. In addition, people who may be exposed to indoor air pollutants for the longest periods of time are often those most susceptible to the effects of indoor air pollution. Such groups include the young, the elderly and the chronically ill, especially those who suffer from respiratory or cardiovascular disease.

Learn about biological or non-biological indoor air quality contaminants, including mold in my home. Use the links below to visit other Internet sources with information about indoor air quality. Read issues of the "North Dakota Indoor Air Quality Monitor" newsletter on-line in pdf format (You need Adobe Acrobat Reader to open pdf files. Download Adobe Acrobat Reader here).

Other Indoor Air Quality Web Resources

Contact Information

  • Justin Otto - North Dakota Department of Health
  • Electronic mail address: jotto@nd.gov
  • Office phone: 701.328.5188

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Page last revised: July 26, 2010