Easter is the perfect time to tackle building or renovating projects around the home, but it can also result in exposure to dust mites, mould and hidden chemicals which can be a nasty trigger for those with asthma or allergies.
National Asthma Council’s Sensitive Choice Program Manager, Adele Taylor, says before starting a home building or renovation project it is important to consider how it might impact the overall health of your home.
“Many people are aware that some bedding or cleaning products can contain triggers for people with asthma and allergies, however, they are now starting to realise that certain building products can also pose risks.
“Whether you are doing a small renovation yourself or working with a builder, architect or trade, there are steps you can take to create a healthier environment to help you live better with asthma and allergies.
“It is important to do your research to help to identify products and services that are asthma and allergy aware,” she said.
Ms Taylor said there is increased demand for building products suitable for those with sensitivities includes everything from paint, plasterboard, carpet and glue, to heating and cooling.
“Less-irritating products often feature reduced allergens, fragrance and chemical content, so they are good not only for any family members with asthma and allergies, but every member of the household.
“It is important to understand your asthma and allergy triggers to help you make the right decision in terms of building design and product selection, so if you don’t know what your triggers are, ask your doctor about being tested,” she said.
Ms Taylor said that the National Asthma Council Australia’s Sensitive Choice program helps educate and empower consumers to identify asthma and allergy-aware products and services through the trusted blue butterfly.
“Products and services that carry the Sensitive Choice blue butterfly have been reviewed and approved by an independent expert panel and includes hundreds of products - everything from building products, cleaning agents, air purifiers and vacuum cleaners. The program also encourages manufacturers and suppliers to produce products and services that are asthma and allergy friendly.
“Importantly, funds raised by the Sensitive Choice program contribute to research and education led by the National Asthma Council Australia to reduce the health, social and economic impacts of asthma and allergies both in Australia and overseas,” she said.
For more information visit sensitivechoice.com
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