Clean Air Monitoring
The KDEP is currently working on two air quality projects: indoor air quality assessment, and testing tribal homes for radon. The purpose of the indoor air quality assessments is to determine any air quality problems that may be linked to mold or environmental triggers for asthma. A visual inspection and educational outreach will be conducted by KDEP staff members.
Our department, in conjunction with the Alpha Energy Laboratories, provides radon testing free of charge to tribal members upon request. Radon is an invisible, colorless, and odorless gas that is harmful to humans. Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that results from the breakdown of uranium in soil and rocks.
The Kickapoo Department of Environmental Programs has developed a comprehensive indoor air quality assessment program. The program will focus on mold and indoor asthma triggers.
Mold has been linked to a variety of health issues including, but not limited to, aggravation of asthma and allergies, coughing, congestion, skin rashes , and are at increased risk for infections.
Environmental control of asthma symptoms is often safer and less expensive than medical control of asthma. Our Indoor Air Quality Assessment can help determine suspected areas or sources of the problem.
Indoor Air Services Include
Home Mold Assessments
Why is Mold Problematic? Molds can be found almost anywhere; they can grow on virtually any substance, providing moisture is present. There are molds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet, and foods.
Indoor Asthma Triggers Assessments
What are some asthma triggers? Secondhand smoke, dust mites, molds, pests, pets, nitrogen dioxide, chemicals, wood smoke, outdoor air pollution.
We will also provide training to tribal departments, caregivers of children upon request.
Contact Richard Ketakeah, at 405.964.5967, to request information on getting your home tested for mold and asthma triggers.
Things You Should Know About Mold
- Potential health effects and symptoms include allergic reactions, asthma, and other respiratory complaints.
- There is no practical way to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment; the way to control indoor mold growth is to control moisture.
- Reduce indoor humidity (to 30-60%) to decrease mold growth by: venting bathrooms, dryers, and other moisture-generating sources to the outside; using air conditioners and de-humidifiers; increasing ventilation; and using exhaust fans whenever cooking, dishwashing, and cleaning.
- Clean and dry any damp or wet building materials and furnishings within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth.
- Clean mold off hard surfaces with water and detergent, and dry completely. Absorbent materials such as ceiling tiles, that are moldy, may need to be replaced.
- In areas where there is a perpetual moisture problem, do not install carpeting (i.e., by drinking fountains, by classroom sinks, or on concrete floors with leaks or frequent condensation).
- Currently, there are no EPA regulations or standards for airborne mold contaminants.