Air Pollutants and Their Sources

Asbestos Roofing, flooring, insulation, cement
Dust Mites Dust
Formaldehyde Tobacco smoke, carpet, upholstery, drapery fabric, furniture
Mold, Mildew, Bacteria  & Viruses Damp basements, walls and other areas where standing water is present
Nitrogen Dioxide, Sulfer Dioxide & Carbon Monoxide Fuel-burning appliances or fireplaces that are burning improperly or are not properly vented
Ozone Copy machines, other office equipment
Particulates Ash from fireplaces, dust, soil from outside
Pet Dander Household pets
Pollen Plants from outside
Radon Soil, rock, building materials
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s) Household cleaners, pesticides, personal care products, paints, solvents

Symptoms of Indoor Air Pollutants Chart

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could point to one single culprit in the battle against IAQ (Indoor Air Quality)?  Sadly, it’s not that easy.  The truth is that there are so many potential sources that it’s impossible to pinpoint just one.  Pets, chemicals in carpets, household cleaners, building materials, damp basements, furniture and many more things contribute to poor IAQ.  Your best bet to improve your IAQ is to first identify the air pollutants.  The most effective way to clean your air is by eliminating the sources of indoor air pollutants.  Take a look at the chart below to pinpoint the air pollutants that are causing your symptoms.

Indoor Air Quality Checklist for Your Home

Take a few moments out of your day and answer the questions on this checklist.  You may be suffering from the effects of poor indoor air quality and not even know it.  If you answer yes to any of the bullets on the checklist you should try the Healthy Indoor Air Quality Solution Finder.  What is recommended for you may surprise you.  I found out that I could really use a humidifier because my skin is incredibly dry and I get nose bleeds all the time.

  • Are there small children, elderly people, or bedridden people in the house?  The elderly, children, and sickly people who are exposed to indoor air pollutants for long periods of time are more susceptible to problems caused by poor IAQ (indoor air quality).
  • Do you or any of your family members have respiratory problems or allergies?  Allergies and respiratory problems are symptoms that can occur due to poor air quality.
  • Do you feel a difference from when you are outdoors to when you are indoors?   To determine whether or not your symptoms are related to IAQ it is important to try to isolate when you experience those symptoms.  If your eyes and throat are irritated when you are at home, but you feel better when you are out, the air in your home may play a role in the physical symptom.
  • Have you installed new carpet in your home recently?  New carpet can hold chemical emissions.  Normal household items you may think of as harmless can actually emit contaminants into the air.
  • Do you have indoor pets?  Pet saliva and dander are considered to be biological contaminants and contribute to poor IAQ.
  • Does someone in your family smoke in the house?  Did you know that over 40 of the compounds found in smoke are known to cause cancer, and many other are strong irritants?
  • Does your home contain fireproofing or asbestos insulation?  When materials that contain asbestos are damaged or if the start to disintegrate, they will release microscopic fibers into the air.  Another indoor air pollutant to look out for is radon.  Radon and asbestos are the most publicized indoor air pollutants and are also both carcinogens.
  • Is your home to humid or dry?  Improper humidity levels and high temperatures can increase concentrations of indoor air pollutants.  

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Roy house fire sends two toddlers to hospital; space heater to blame

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ROY, Utah – Two toddlers are recovering after a Roy family’s home caught fire overnight.

Officials were called to the home near 20th W. and 49th S. in Roy at about 4:30 a.m.

Fire crews said all five family members got out before they arrived and found flames shooting from the front of the home.

The two children under the age of two suffered smoke inhalation and were taken to the hospital as a precaution.

Fire crews said a space heater was left on too close to clothing in the children’s room.

Officials are still investigating.

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Fried Pickles

I ended up making these for a New Year’s Eve party and they went over really well for some people and not so well for others.  Whether or not you like this recipe depends on if you’re a pickle person.  If you like pickles and a little bit of a kick you will love these.


For the sauce:

  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons ketchup
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cajun seasoning

For the pickles:

  • vegetable or canola oil, for frying
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons Cajun seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 cups sliced dill pickles, drained


1.  Make the sauce: Mix the mayonnaise, ketchup and Cajun seasoning in a bowl; set aside.

2.  Fry the pickles: Heat 1 inch peanut oil in a pot over medium-high heat until a deep-fry thermometer registers 375 degrees F. Meanwhile, whisk the flour, Cajun seasoning, Italian seasoning, cayenne pepper, and 1/2 cup water in a large bowl until smooth. Spread the pickles on paper towels and pat dry.

3.  Add half of the pickles to the batter and toss to coat. Remove from the batter using a slotted spoon, letting the excess drip off, and add to the oil one at a time. Fry until golden brown, 1 to 2 minutes; remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Return the oil to 375 degrees F and repeat with the remaining pickles and batter. Serve immediately with the prepared sauce.

Recipe courtesy Food Network Magazine