Indoor Air quality Causing Serious Illnesses

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BBC show highlights serious illnesses linked to poor air quality at home using evidence gathered by indoor air quality experts, Safe Air Quality Limited.

Poor indoor air quality in London homes has threatened the health of several residents, according to BBC 1's consumer interest show 'Don't Get Done Get Dom'. In episode 7 of the popular daytime program (first broadcast on 23rd April 2013), Dominic Littlewood investigates long-standing complaints from residents in a Canary Wharf apartment block. The program called on leading air quality experts Safe Air Quality Ltd to run several tests within the building to establish the nature and extent of the air quality issues.

Roger Martin, Technical Director of Safe Air Quality Ltd, said: "Poor indoor air quality is a potentially serious health risk to occupants of many London homes. We identified several indoor air quality problems in the apartments in Canary Wharf, including concerning levels of carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide. This was undoubtedly the cause of the long-standing health complaints experienced by the residents".

Inadequate ventilation was a major factor in allowing unhealthy levels of indoor pollutants to build up in the homes surveyed, a matter that had previously been ignored by the housing association responsible for the upkeep of the building.

Specifically, Safe Air Quality's experts found carbon monoxide levels in one apartment to be significantly above the safe level recommended by the World Health Organisation. In another, carbon dioxide levels were over those recommended in the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers' (CIBSE) guidelines.

Residents of the building were suffering from a variety of health symptoms ranging from tiredness, headaches and nausea to hair loss and skin irritation.

"We measured several air quality factors that were above recommended healthy limits in the apartments" adds Roger. "It is an unfortunate fact that many air quality issues go undetected and are able to affect the health of occupants. A majority of London homes we have surveyed have presented levels of indoor pollutants that are above recognised safe levels".

As a result of Safe Air Quality's investigation, subsequent report and recommendations, the housing association stated their commitment to improve ventilation within apartments in the building and address the air quality issues detected.

Safe Air Quality Ltd is the UK's leading dedicated indoor air quality monitoring company. It's team of air quality experts carry out indoor air quality assessments in domestic and commercial premises and have helped many clients overcome health issues caused by poor indoor air quality.

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