1. True or False: Air fresheners help clean and disinfect the air inside a home.
False: Air fresheners mask odours, they do not remove them. They also release a variety of chemicals which add to indoor air pollution and may also cause breathing problems for those more sensitive to these types of substances. Airing out the home is the best way to refresh your home; this includes opening windows when practical and using bathroom and kitchen exhaust fans.
2. Multiple Choice: Radon is:
Answer: B Radon is formed by the breakdown of uranium—a natural radioactive material found in soil, rock and groundwater. In some homes it can build up to high levels, increasing your risk of lung cancer.
3. True or False: Using an air cleaner in the home greatly improves indoor air quality?
False: There is very little evidence suggesting ANY air cleaner will help someone with a lung condition. Using an air cleaner alone is not the best option to improving the air quality in your home. There are other simple, inexpensive solutions you can do to improve your home's indoor air quality.
4. True or False: Vacuuming kicks up more dust particles, so it should be done less frequently to improve indoor air quality?
False: Although some vacuum cleaners send dust into the air, using a central vacuum system or one with a High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter can improve your air quality. Airing out your house after vacuuming may also help.
5. True or False: If a window is open while someone is smoking inside, I don't have to worry about second hand smoke?
False: Smoke still gets everywhere in the home and lasts a long time even after the smoking has stopped. In fact, second hand smoke can be in the home months after a person stops smoking indoors. Until you are able to quit for good, it's best to take it outside.
6. Bonus question: How many Canadians suffer from a form of lung disease?
Answer: B 3 million Canadians suffer from asthma, COPD or other lung diseases. Poor indoor air quality can lead to serious health problems and play a significant role in triggering lung problems.
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