Insurance companies, landlords, homeowners—everyone recognizes potential health problems from exposure to toxic molds. One recent study found that household mold more than doubles children’s risk for asthma. What’s a parent to do? Answer: Educate yourself.
- Mold in My Home: What Do I Do?
Published by the Calif. Dept. of Health Services: Extensive toxic mold information, including health information, detection, and clean up.
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- A Brief Guide to Mold, Moisture, and Your Home
- Published by the US EPA: A good place to start:
- Moisture and Mold Problems: Preventing and Solving Them in Your Home (WebMD)
- A plainspoken introduction to mold’s effects on family health.
- Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics (AOEC): Referrals to clinics with physicians experienced with environmental exposures.
CDC is not a regulatory agency and does not have enforcement authority in local matters. Your local health department can enforce state and local health codes and may also have information on mold. Contact your state Indoor Air Quality office. Information to find your representative office is available at:
You can read the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guidelines, Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings, at:
This web site offers further indoor-air quality tools for schools: