Today the IAQ Video Network released the 12th in a series of public outreach videos meant to educate families about important indoor air quality issues. The public outreach videos have all been produced in the past year covering everything from mold and formaldehyde to the latest video on avoiding IAQ problems following a flood.
When cleaning up after a flood, the indoor air quality in a home or office may appear to be the least of the problems. However, failure to remove contaminated materials and to reduce moisture and humidity can present serious long-term health risks. Standing water and wet materials are a breeding ground for microorganisms, such as viruses, bacteria and mold. They can cause disease, trigger allergic reactions and asthma attacks and continue to damage materials long after the flood.
“To avoid problems from microbial growth remove standing water as quickly and safely as possible,” reported Paul Cochrane, President of Cochrane and Associates, the company behind the IAQ Video Network. “Also be aware that elevated concentrations of airborne asbestos can occur if asbestos-containing materials present in the property are disturbed. Inhaled asbestos fibers can cause respiratory disease, lung cancer and mesothelioma. Lead is also a concern because it is a highly toxic metal which produces a range of adverse health effects, particularly in young children. Disturbance or removal of materials containing lead-based paint may result in elevated concentration of lead dust in the air.”
To view any of the environmental public outreach videos please visit http://www.iaqtv.com/ or
About Cochrane & Associates, LLC & the IAQ Video Network
Cochrane & Associates is a business development, public relations and marketing consulting firm that specializes in the environmental, HVAC, mold and indoor air quality industries. The company has worked with many of the industries’ leading institutions and companies and continues to be an innovator in the industry. They are also the innovators behind the IAQ Video Network.