According to Environment Canada, the average Canadian spends about 90 percent of his or her time indoors. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) maintains that 80 percent of our exposure to pesticides and other harmful pollutants occurs inside.
Children breathe in 50 percent more air per pound of body weight than adults do and, because the immune systems of children are not fully developed, they are often more vulnerable than adults to the hazards of chemicals.
Indoor air pollution can be caused by mould, dust mites or chemical pollutants that come from household appliances, cleaning products, building materials and second-hand smoke.
Some manufacturers of cleaning products have started disclosing the chemicals in their products. Visit WhatsInsideSCJohnson.com or TheCloroxCompany.com to find out more about some of the chemicals you may use to clean your home.
On April 22, Ontario’s new laws for use of cosmetic pesticides came into effect province-wide, and more than 250 harmful products were pulled from retailers’ shelves.