Indoor Air Quality

Specific Indoor Air Quality Problems
Things to Consider Before Calling the Health Department:

Carbon Monoxide

  • Do you have a frequent smoker (more than one pack per day) in the home?
  • Do you have an attached garage?
  • Do you use a gas stove or oven for cooking?
  • Do you have a gas clothes dryer?  Where does it exhaust?
  • What is your winter heating source?  When was the last time your furnace was checked?
  • If you experience drowsiness while in your home, do you feel better after you leave? If so, leave your home and have the quipment checked immediately. Contact your fire department or Louisville Gas and Electric for emergency carbon monoxide testing. For non-emergency monitoring for carbon monoxide, call 574-6650. 
  • Install a carbon monoxide monitor in your home.    

Molds and Mildews

  • Do you ever use a humidifier or vaporizer in the house? Is the water cleaned each time you use it?
  • Does your home have water problems? Basement or roof leaking?
  • Is firewood stored indoors?
  • Does bathroom have operating fan or window?
  • Humidity in home kept between 40% and 60%? 
  • Does visible mold return following cleaning and disinfecting of area?  

Cleaners and Solvents

  • Do you frequently use cleaning products in aerosol spray form? e.g. oven cleaners, tub and tile cleaners, disinfectants, air fresheners.
  • Do you frequently use solvents in your home? e.g. wood stain, furniture polish, paint stripper, turpentine, artist’s paints.
  • What is the condition of the container of your cleaning products or solvents?  Are there any holes, leaks, or rusting?  Many of these products have been linked to short-term health problems such as nausea or dizziness.  For proper disposal of unused cleaners and solvents, click on HAZ BIN.

Pesticides

  • Do you store pesticides (rodent bait), herbicides (weed killer), or insecticides
    (bug spray) in your home?
  • Do you frequently use pesticides indoors on pets, houseplants, or insects?  More than occasional use of pesticides in your home and surrounding are may cause respiratory problems.  If you are experiencing health problems you suspect are associated with pesticides, consult you physician as soon as possible.  

Radon

  • A potential health hazard for many Jefferson County residents.  
  • Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer. 
  • Is a radioactive gas that comes out of the ground.
  • EPA recommends every that home be tested for radon. 
  • Levels tend to be higher in homes with basements.
  • Averages run higher in the eastern part of Jefferson County. Take a look at the Zip code Map of radon levels to see if you may be at risk!  

For more information contact the Kentucky Radon Program, Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Department for Public Health, 275 E. Main St., Frankfort, Ky., 40621, (502) 564-4856

Is There a Problem with Your Indoor Air Quality? 
When calling the Health Department, be prepared to talk about the following

  • Unusual odors noted: when and where?
  • Symptoms?  nausea, eye irritation, respiratory problems, nasal congestion,
    dizziness, headache, other. 
  • In which room or rooms do these symptoms usually occur?
  • Do you feel better after leaving the suspected area?
  • At what time of day do these symptoms usually occur?
  • Are there any new events, changes, or hobbies in your home environment
    that began within a month of the start of your symptoms? New carpeting, new construction, addition of gas heating, cooking, or clothes dryer?

Indoor Air Complaints will be taken at the Health Department Monday thru Friday, 8:00am. to 4:30pm, at (502) 574-6650.