About one in every 28,000 Americans may develop a cancer due to outdoor air
pollutants, and more than 2 million people live where the lifetime cancer risk is
particularly high. When outdoor air quality is bad due to weather conditions, traffic,
industrial accidents, or forest fires, it is best to spend time indoors and limit time
outside during peak traffic. Individual actions that can help keep the air cleaner include
carpooling or use of public transportation, reducing or better yet eliminating
fireplace and wood stove use, avoiding the use of gas-powered lawn and garden
equipment, and refraining from burning leaves or other materials.
Indoor air can be as polluted or more polluted than outdoor air. In addition to
avoiding tobacco smoke, it is best to avoid cleaning products, mothballs, and manufactured
wood products that can release potentially carcinogenic volatile organic
compounds (VOCs). Plywood and other manufactured wood products can release
formaldehyde. To limit exposure to these sources, open windows and doors often
and use venting systems in bathrooms and kitchens. Avoid the use of fireplaces,
wood stoves, incense, air fresheners, and scented candles.
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