Asthma friendly classrooms

Asthma has reached epidemic proportions in the United States affecting nearly 1 in 13 school-aged children. These children lead the way in school absenteeism due to a chronic illness, with over 14 million missed school days per year in the US. The near future does not look more promising, with the percentage of children with asthma rising more rapidly in preschool-aged children than in any other age group. At EcoSmart Products, we are heartened to receive so much positive feedback from those who have turned to the AusPen whiteboard marker to help reduce chemical pollutants from their classroom air. As a non-toxic, and top-quality, alternative to traditional markers, we are happy that our AusPen dry erase markers play a role in creating asthma friendly classrooms. In addition to choosing non-toxic school supplies, there are many other ways to clear the air. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has developed an Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Tools for Schools Action Kit. The kit helps teachers and staff to identify and manage their practices that affect indoor air quality, such as:
  • controlling animal allergens,
  • controlling pest and insect infestations,
  • controlling moisture and mould,
  • properly using heating, ventilation and cooling systems,
  • reducing dust mite exposure, and
  • not using products such as air fresheners, which only add chemicals to the room.

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