It’s not just adults that go to work every day, so do your children. Children are most susceptible to indoor air pollution as their small bodies and undeveloped immune systems are less able to effectively cope. Children breathe 3 times faster than adults and absorb 3 times more pollutants / toxic vapors than adults. We owe our children and ourselves a healthy bright future of clean air inside and out.
For children, poor indoor air quality leads to immune deficiency, lowered IQ rates, headaches, depression, anxiety, inability to concentrate, attention deficit hyperactivity, shortness of breath, joint pain, sexual problems, memory loss and cancer.
According to The Learning Disabilities Association of America, 12 million children under the age of 18 suffer from learning disabilities and behavior disorders such as hyperactivity and attention deficit disorder. ADD/ADHD is epidemic in schools today. Behavioral problems have long been linked to exposure to toxic chemicals and mould.
An average person breathes in 50,000 pollution particles a day, and takes 20,000 breaths a day. Poor indoor air quality can cause or contribute to the development of chronic respiratory diseases such as asthma and hypersensitivity pneumonitis. It can also cause headaches, dry eyes, nasal congestion, nausea and fatigue.
So not only do you not want your children breathing all of this and being exposed to the harsh chemicals and pollutants, neither should you.
The Government also has made an amendment to the Criminal Code in Bill C-45 which highlights Health and Safety, and any harm done to an employee due to environmental pollution or poor air quality can result in criminal and civil prosecution.