BISMARCK, N.D. — During the month of October North Dakota brings awareness to indoor air quality. Several factors contribute to poor indoor air quality including radon, tobacco smoke, carbon monoxide, and allergens from mold, insects, and pets. All North Dakotans could benefit from improving air quality, specifically households with members suffering from asthma.
“An asthma attack causes a person’s airways to constrict, swell, and fill with mucus; this causes coughing and wheezing making it difficult to breathe,” explains Jill Heins, American Lung Association. In severe cases, asthma attacks can be deadly killing on average 11 people each day in the United States. Asthma is the leading cause of emergency room visits and missed days of school for children and contributes to 12 million days of missed work for adults.