Indoor Pollution
  Indoor toxins may be hazardous to your health
Asbestos
Asbestos in Your Home
This document will help you understand asbestos: what it is, its health effects, where it is in your home, and what to do about it.
Carbon Monoxide
"Protect Your Family and Yourself from Carbon Monoxide Poisoning"
You canít see or smell carbon monoxide, but at high levels it can kill a person in minutes. Carbon monoxide (CO) is produced whenever any fuel such as gas, oil, kerosene, wood, or charcoal is burned.
Garbage and Trash
Clinton County Garbage Guide
Management options for waste & resources generated in Clinton County.
Indoor Air Quality
Asthma and Indoor Environments
Learn more about factors found in the indoor and outdoor environment that can cause, trigger, or exacerbate asthma symptoms and what you can do to reduce their impact.
Health Effects of Exposure to Secondhand Smoke
Secondhand smoke is a mixture of the smoke given off by the burning end of a cigarette, pipe, or cigar, and the smoke exhaled by smokers. Secondhand smoke contains more that 4,000 substances, several of which are known to cause cancer in humans or animals. Children exposed to high doses of secondhand smoke, such as those whose mothers smoke, run the greatest relative risk of experiencing damaging health effects.
"The Inside Story: A Guide to Indoor Air Quality"
In the last several years, a growing body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air within homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outdoor air in even the largest and most industrialized cities. Other research indicates that people spend approximately 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.
"Ozone Generators Sold as Air Cleaners: An Assessment of Health Consequences"
Ozone generators that are sold as air cleaners intentionally produce the gas ozone. Often the vendors of ozone generators make statements and distribute material that lead the public to believe that these devices are always safe and effective in controlling indoor air pollution. To the contrary, NO agency of the federal government has approved these devices for use in occupied spaces.
"Residential Air Cleaning Devices: A Summary of Available Information"
This publication describes the types of air cleaners available to the consumer, provides available information on their general effectiveness in removing indoor air pollutants, discusses some factors to consider in deciding whether to use an air-cleaning unit, and describes existing guidelines that can be used to compare units.
"Should You Have the Air Ducts in Your Home Cleaned?"
Knowledge about air duct cleaning is in its early stages, so a blanket recommendation cannot be offered as to whether you should have your air ducts in your home cleaned.  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) urges you to read this document in it entirety as it provides important information on the subject.
Smoke-free Homes Program 
Straightforward brochure explains the basics about the dangers of secondhand smoke to families, especially to children.
Use and Care of Home Humidifiers
Humidifiers are commonly used in homes to relieve the physical discomforts of dry nose, throat, lips, and skin. The moisture they add to dry air also helps alleviate common nuisances brought on by winter heating, such as static electricity, peeling wallpaper, and cracks in paint and furniture. However, excess moisture can encourage the growth of biological organisms in the home.
What You Should Know About Combustion Appliances and Indoor Air Pollution
Combustion appliances are those which burn fuels for warmth, cooking, or decorative purposes. Typical fuels are gas, both natural and liquefied petroleum (LP); kerosene; oil; coal; and wood. Examples of the appliances are space heaters, ranges, ovens, stoves, furnaces, fireplaces, water heaters, and clothes dryers. These appliances are usually safe. However, under certain conditions, these appliances can produce combustion pollutants that can damage your health, or even kill you.
Mold in the Home
Anderson Windows Guide to Understanding Window Condensation
Anderson has created this brochure to answer questions about condensation, indoor humidity and exterior condensation.
It begins with the basics and offer solutions and alternatives along the way.
"A Brief Guide to Mold, Moisture, and Your Home"  
The US Environmental Protection Agency supplies this fine 20 page guide in
PDF.
FreeFromMold.org
The Engineered Wood Association
launched the FreeFromMold.org program in August 2004 to provide an annual inspection and moisture prevention regimen for homeowners. FreeFromMold.org gives you the tools you need to determine places around your house in need of inspection for typical moisture intrusion problems and offers simple steps to fix these problems. Routine home maintenance can prevent most of the moisture damage found in houses today.
Indoor Mold
You may not consider mold a welcome guest in your home, but all homes have it. Even when you canít see it or smell it, it can affect your familyís health. Find out what you can do to fight back. From Weather.com.
Molds in the Home - What Should You Do? 
Guidelines for preventing and controlling molds in the home. A printable pamphlet from Michigan State University Pesticide Education Program.
Mold: Is your home at risk?
Of the roughly 1,000 strains of household mold, Stachybotrys chartarum-- also popularly called black or toxic mold--has generated the most headlines. Small, isolated patches of mold growing on and around your shower curtain or bathtub usually aren't a problem. Great article from ConsumerReports.com.
Mold Resource Guide
Consumers panic over mold. Buyers are frantic about mold and sellers are frightened of it. Real estate brokers are intimidated by mold, and home inspectors are leery of it. People are moving out of their homes, and some are even having their houses demolished because of mold growth. Articles covering just about every aspect of mold in the home. Provided by The Money Pit.com.
Noise Control
Environmental Noise  
A great primer for those who want to learn about environmental noise, how it's measured, and what you can do about it.
Noise Control: Sound Advice for Today's Families 
A colorful brochure designed to help homeowners increase the comfort of their homes by controlling the transmission of unwanted sound. This brochure provides useful information on how to "soundproof" today's noisy home environments through the use of fiberglass acoustic insulation.
A Well-Insulated Home Offers Peace And Quiet 
A one page "Hints for Homeowners" guide to reducing noise in the home.
Soundproofing and More Soundproofing
Clear, practical high tech info and advice about using special space age sound reduction and acoustical products as well as other common cheap everyday materials for acoustical sound-proofing and noise control.
Typical Noise Levels 
Take a look at the noise levels of many common appliances and events around the house. You might be surprised. All sounds are measured at the distance that a person would typically be from the source.
Radon
EPA Map of Radon Zones in Michigan
A map illustrating that the counties we service have a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L.
The Guide to Protecting Yourself and Your Family from Radon    
Radon comes from the natural (radioactive) breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water and gets into the air you breathe. Radon can be found all over the U.S. It can get into any type of building - homes, offices, and schools - and result in a high indoor radon level.
Home Buyer's and Seller's Guide to Radon 
This Guide answers important questions about radon and lung cancer risk.  It also answers questions about testing and fixing for anyone buying or selling a home.