Asthma, Allergens and Irritants:
Common Asthma Triggers
The good news is that if you have good control of your asthma, exercise should not be a problem for you. In fact, most people with asthma should be able to participate in any physical activity they like without having asthma symptoms. Your healthcare provider may recommend using an inhaler about 15 minutes before exercise. This usually can prevent and control exercise-induced asthma.
Use Household Products Safely:
Cleaning is essential to protecting our health in our homes, schools and workplaces. However, household and cleaning products -- including soaps, bug killers, polishes and grooming supplies -- often include harmful chemicals. Even products advertised as “green” or “natural” may contain ingredients that can cause health problems. Some cleaning supplies can be flammable or corrosive. There are ways to limit your exposure to those risks.
How can you prevent harm from cleaning and household products?
In your Home (Information for Consumers) Links on this page are mainly intended for consumers. For information for Water Systems, see Programs and Services for Drinking Water Systems.
The mission of the Office of Drinking Water is to protect the health of the people of Washington state by ensuring safe and reliable drinking water. Read Overview of the Office of Drinking Water. If you don't see what you need in our listing below, please use the search tool at the top of the page, or e-mail the Office of Drinking Water.
The health and safety of a home is influenced by many factors. Chemical contaminants such as lead or asbestos could have been used in building materials to construct and maintain the house. Health hazards can be caused by a resident's behavior, such as improperly using pesticides or not fixing a moisture and mold problem. A home's immediate surroundings can influence things such as air and drinking water quality. The following are some home contaminants that can affect a person's health.
Going smoke-free saves money, protects your property and keeps residents happy.
Smoke-free housing is a growing trend across Washington state and the nation. For landlords and owners, the business benefits can translate into thousands of dollars in savings. And for residents, clean air can determine where they choose to make their home.
Learn more about how—and why—to go smoke-free:
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