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How To Keep Wildfire Smoke Out of Your Home

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  The Western wildfire season of 2021 is in full swing, and residents of affected states are battling the risky conditions associated with this natural disaster. Even when active wildfires are controlled to the point where evacuations aren’t necessary, these hazardous flames still create serious health concerns to everyone in the surrounding area that oftentimes are very hard to avoid. What may be surprising is that your home isn’t always the safest escape from wildfires, as smoke could be seeping into your living space without you realizing it. Knowing how to prevent wildfire smoke from entering your home can be a vital step in your effort to provide protection to yourself and your family, and it may teach you a thing or two about the importance of proper indoor air quality. Find out how wildfire smoke could be sneaking into your home this season, and what steps you can take to limit this indoor air pollutant from affecting your household. Wildfire’s Effect on Air Q

Do Air Purifiers Reduce Pet Odors?

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Do Air Purifiers Reduce Pet Odors?   We love our house pets dearly, but we don’t love the smells they leave behind throughout our homes. It can be difficult to get rid of pet odors in the home, as they cling to furniture, bedding, and scattered toys, not to mention the odors associated with pet food and potty breaks. Masking these odors with air freshening sprays is a mere temporary solution, and it can backfire due to its release of unnecessary pollutants into your indoor air. It’s time for a more reliable, safe solution that actually works! Read more about the benefits of using an air purifier in your pet-friendly home, and how to provide solution to pet odors, pet hair and dander, and even pet allergies. Air Purifiers for Pet Odors Skeptical pet owners may ask, “Do air purifiers actually get rid of pet odors?” and the answer to that is yes . Pet odors linger behind on furniture, carpeted flooring, bedding, and other surfaces that animals commonly lay

What is Silicosis – Hidden Dangers of Working with Clay at Home

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What is Silicosis – Hidden Dangers of Working with Clay at Home   Pottery can be a relaxing, enjoyable pastime for many artists and hobbyists, but what if they were to know that this activity could potentially put them in danger? It is valuable for potters of all skill levels to educate themselves on Silicosis, a chronic illness commonly known as Potter’s Lung or Potter’s Rot to the pottery community. This damaging disease can easily be prevented with safe practices in the pottery studio, and these precautions will also save the quality of pottery projects. Continue reading to learn more about causes and symptoms of Silicosis, how silica dust can affect your pottery work, and simple preventative solutions to implement in your studio.   What Is Silicosis? Silicosis is simple in concept, but this illness can pack a punch on a potter’s lungs. The lung disease is caused by continuous breathing in of silica dust found in clay. The silica dust particles enter the l

What Do I Need For a Pottery Studio At Home?

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What Do I Need For a Pottery Studio At Home?   Any artist knows that a little private time can do just the trick for creating a masterpiece. This goes for pottery and ceramics creators, as many create their work in public studios or schools but may desire to get their hands dirty with clay in a more personal studio setting. If this applies to you and your pottery needs, have you ever considered creating your own pottery studio at home? If so, it may be a bit intimating to think of where to begin with this venture. It is helpful to consider the space you have available, supplies needed, costs to create, and present conditions for lighting, ventilation, and electricity to ensure that your studio will be a healthy, safe environment to work in. Continue reading for more details on creating pottery at home, and tips for organizing your own pottery studio. Getting Started With Pottery If you are new to the pottery world or strictly familiar with attending a public

How to Cope with Spring Allergies

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How to Cope with Spring Allergies   Spring is in the air! And consequentially, so is pollen. Allergy season is kickstarted by pollenating trees and flowering plants in the spring, prompting scratchy throats, itchy eyes, running noses, and congestion to name some common symptoms. These symptoms can really take the fun out of warmer weather and blooming nature as we shift from winter to spring. Believe it or not, the quality of your indoor air can contribute greatly to your health and the degree of risk you are at in terms of allergy triggers. Knowing the quality of your indoor air, and recognizing ways to keep it in proper condition, can reduce these risks and promote a more symptom-free environment. Find out more about common causes of spring allergies, their impact on your indoor air quality, and how to reduce their risks inside your home. Common Causes of Spring Allergies With the start of spring comes new blooms of trees, flowers, and grasses; their pollin