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A healthy home for the winter

Indoor Allergy Awareness Week

Monday 19th - Friday 23rd October

Welcome to Allergy UK’s Indoor Allergy Awareness Week which kicks off today. This week we will be focussing on creating a healthy home as winter approaches.

Due to coronavirus, it is likely that we will be spending more time at home than ever before, and given that in a usual year we spend approximately 90% of our time indoors,[1] this is a lot of time under one roof.

Good indoor air quality is an important part of a healthy home. It can have a phenomenal impact on our own health, a minimum of 9,000 deaths are attributed to indoor air pollution in the UK[2] and although poor outdoor air quality is widely recognised as having a negative effect on our health, it is not often highlighted that indoor air levels of many pollutants may be two to 10 times higher than outdoor levels[3].

Creating and maintaining a healthy home is particularly important for babies, children and the elderly, as well as for people who live with respiratory and allergic conditions. Inadequate ventilation, high humidity and indoor airborne contaminants in the home (including animal dander, house dust mite and mould allergens) increases the risk of allergy-related problems.

So join us this week, for a journey through the Allergy House to discover how to manage hot spots in our homes, to help you have a happy healthy winter ahead.

The Big Winter Clean

Thanks to likes of Mrs Hinch and Lynsey Queen of Clean, many of us now motivated in cleaning our way through our to-do lists, and seeing as cleaning is a fabulous way of reducing allergens around the home, we want to encourage everyone to take part in a Big Winter Clean to boost the health of their home.

Use our Winter Clean Checklist to make sure you are hitting the hot spots and scrubbing those allergens away.IAAW Winter Clean ChecklistThroughout the week, we will be exploring in more detail how common indoor allergens can affect your health and how to manage them.

Welcome home…

The Allergy House can be found here – go ahead and explore!

To invite others to explore our Allergy House please share this link: www.allergyhouse.co.uk

Spread the word…

If you would like to help us reach more people with our useful tips and resources, please follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and share our posts with your friends, family and colleagues. You can help spread our message further by using our social media toolkit here

Thank you to our following corporate partners for making our Allergy House possible:

There are lots of ways you can support Allergy UK and help families living with allergy. Make a donation towards our vital work or contact our fundraising team to get involved today.

[1] EFA – Indoor Air Quality (Webpage): http://www.efanet.org/air-quality/indoor-air-quality

[2] Royal College of Physicians. Every breath we take: the lifelong impact of air pollution Report of a working party, London: RCP, 2016

[3] European Commission. HealthVent Project. Indoor air quality and its effects on health. Clean Air for All - Green Week, 2013. [Online]. Available at: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/archives/greenweek2013/sites/default/files/content/presentations/4-1_wargocki.pdf. [Accessed 21 March 2018].

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