Asthma is serious business. As a lifelong sufferer myself, I know how difficult it is to deal with an asthma attack, and I know all too well how asthma can impact your life as you get older. Parenting a child with asthma is even harder. You don’t want your children to feel the panic and desperation that can go along with an asthma attack. You fear for the worst outcome, so you take steps to reduce the germs they are exposed to.
But what about the germs in the air?
Annually, Canadians invest $9.1 billion in janitorial and sanitation supplies to clean surfaces, remove odours and kill germs with touch-free hand sanitizers – none of which address the issue of illness from air transmission. Even with all of these products, if your child has asthma, there’s a 1 in 4 chance he or she will be heading to hospital this month.
Every year, up to 25% of the annual hospital admissions for asthma flare-ups among Canadian children occur in September. With the new school year in session, so comes some of most frequent asthma triggers: germs, low use of appropriate asthma medications over the summer months, and unventilated classrooms that may contain dust and mold spores.
Most asthma exacerbations are caused from the air we breathe. And, the dirty truth is that inside air is five times more polluted than outdoor air and we spend an average of 90% of our time indoors. With preventative care, we can decrease asthma sufferers’ reliance on steroid-containing inhalers as a first line of defense.
For us, that means using Fellowes AeraMax Air Purifiers. They are the only Air Purifiers to be certified by the Asthma Society of Canada. AeraMax units safely remove 99.97% of airborne particles as small as 0.3 microns. That means cleaner, safer air for everyone in the house.
Learn more at the @FellowesCanada #PurifyYourAir Twitter Party on Thursday, September 17th at 8:00pm ET. In addition to sharing important information on how to make your air cleaner and safer, we’ll also have some incredible prizes up for grabs – join us for a chance to WIN!