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46 - CAPE G, Friday, July 3 - July 9, 1998 Health alert: The air in your home may make you sick When we hear the term "air pol- lution," the images of car exhaust spewing out dark clouds of conta- minants and smog lingering over a city come to mind, when in fact the air we breathe in our own home can be the real source of poor air quality. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, poor indoor air is one of the highest risks to human health among all types of environmental problems. With Americans spending 90 percent of their time indoors, and nearly one in six suffering from allergies, asthma or chronic respiratory ail- ments, the quality of air in the home deserves serious attention. Bud Kirkpatrick, indoor air- quality expert for Conectiv Ser- vices Inc., says that poor indoor air quality stems from many sources, including bacteria, virus- es, fungi and mites, not to mention poorly ventilated heaters, kitchens, bathrooms and clothes dryers. Smokers and pet owners will have even more contaminants on hand. "The good news is that people can dramatically improve the air quality in their homes by monitoring humidity levels, ser- vicing their heating and cooling systems, and implementing air cleaner systems," Kirkpatrick said. Kirkpatrick offers this advice to improve indoor air quality: Keep the relative humidity be- tween 35 percent and 50 percent to reduce irritants. Bacteria and viruses flourish in humidity below 35 percent. On the other hand, hu- midity above 50 percent creates ideal breeding conditions for mold, mildew and mites. The waste products and debris left be- hind by dust mites can trigger asthma and allergy problems. Make sure bathrooms and clothes dryers are properly venti- lated. Administer regular mainte- nance on your air-conditioning and heating systems. By cleaning FDA passes Blood Bank of Delaware/Eastern Shore at surprise inspection Blood Bank of Delaware/East- ern Shore's headquarters in Newark recently passed a surprise inspection by the Food and Drug Administration. The Food and Drug Administra- tion (FDA) regularly conducts unannounced inspections of regis- tered blood donation centers and hospital transfusion services throughout the country. The inspection involved an ex- tensive review of the blood bank's records, including quality control documentation, donor records, the blood donation process, prepara- tion of blood components and lab- oratory blood testing. Every year, the blood bank staff runs nine infectious disease tests on each of the 60,000 pints of blood collected at sites throughout Delaware and the eastern shore of Maryland. The FDA cited no defi- ciencies in the testing records. "The FDA requires blood banks to follow extremely high stan- dards," said Heather Russell, the blood bank's director of educa- tion, safety and compliance, "Since our goal is to provide safe and adequate supplies of blood to area hospitals, meeting and main- raining each FDA standard is the foundation of everything we do." During the 10-day inspection, both predonation and post-dona- tion screening procedures were monitored by the FDA inspector. This year, donor scheduling pro- cedures and a mobile blood drive at the University of Delaware were also inspected. All FDA regula- tions were met in those areas, too. The blood bank is a member of America's Blood Centers and the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB), a professional so- ciety that sets standards, inspects, and accredits blood banks through- out the United States. Blood Bank of Delaware/East- ern Shore is a nonprofit, full-ser- vice blood bank that provides blood and blood components - platelets and plasma - to all hospi- tals throughout Delaware; Cecil County, Md.; and Maryland's eastern shore. The blood bank has nine donation sites throughout the region: Wilmington, Newark, Dover and Georgetown; Rising Sun, Chestertown, Easton and Sal- isbury, Md.; and Temperanceville, Va. For information about joining the bank's membership plan or donating blood, call 888- 8BLOOD-8. The American Heart Association is offering free blood pressure screenings in July. Screenings are as follows: Wednesday, July 15 Nanticoke Crossing Edgehill, Long Neck Road; 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Peddlers Village Edgehill, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 21 Rehoboth Edgehill, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lewes Edgehill, 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. air filters, air ducts, humidifiers and heat exchangers, pollutants will be reduced and money saved on energy bills. Consider installing a whole house air-cleaner system to dra- matically improve indoor air qual- ity. Ranging from $500 to $1,500, this system offers different levels of air screening. Basic systems are effective for trapping larger parti- cles of dust, pollen and spores. A residential, whole house High Ef- ficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) cleaning system is recommended for family members suffering from chronic or severe respiratory problems. Similar to HEPA sys- tems used in hospital operating rooms and intensive care wards, these high-efficiency air cleaners are designed to capture 99.97 per- cent of all particles as small as 0.03 microns. By comparison, a human hair is 100 microns thick. To learn more about Conectiv Services' indoor air quality solu- tions, call 800-659-2273. Conectiv Services Inc. provides heating, cooling, plumbing and in- door air-quality products and ser- vices in southeastern Pennsylva- nia, Delaware, Maryland and New Jersey. 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