Garden Grove, CA, December 16th, 2014
During the holiday season, people from across California gather in homes to celebrate with friends and family. For many, decorating their home with a Christmas tree or other holiday decorations is a celebrated annual event.
Boxes that have contained decorations during the past year come out of dusty attics, basements, closets and garages to create a festive environment, but for some, these decorated indoor environments can also mean a return to allergies and other health issues. One term that has been increasingly heard in recent years to describe this condition is Christmas Tree Syndrome. It has been used to describe some allergy sufferers’ reactions to the presence of an indoor Christmas tree or wreaths.
A study published in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology found that the introduction of a Christmas tree into a home could dramatically increase airborne mold spores, a known allergen and asthma trigger, over time. Depending on the situation, Christmas trees could also have pollen and dusts on them that can become aerosolized and tree sap can irritate skin and mucous membranes. Even artificial trees could still expose people to dust allergens that have accumulated on an improperly stored tree. Some people may also be sensitive to chemicals used in the production of an artificial tree.
“In addition to allergens and asthma triggers associated with Christmas trees and decorations, the holiday season can also create other indoor air quality concerns,” said Michael Chapman, Laboratory Manager of LA Testing’s Garden Grove facility. “These may include gases and particulates from faulty fireplaces and some types of portable indoor heaters. The excessive use of holiday candles can create concerns as can cooking gases and odors from improperly vented stoves and cooktops. Even the presence of peanuts and some other holiday treats can cause reactions in those with allergies to these substances. At LA Testing, we help to ensure healthy indoor environments for everyone during the holidays and every other day of the year. Testing services include identifying mold and other allergens, volatile organic compounds, radon and a wide range of other potential indoor pollutants.”
LA Testing recently sponsored an educational video about the holiday season and indoor air quality that can be seen at: http://youtu.be/lGo6fZj9ov8.
To learn more about IAQ testing services or other environmental issues, please visit www.LATesting.com, email info@LATesting.com or call 1-800-303-0047.
About LA Testing
LA Testing is California’s leading laboratory for indoor air quality testing of asbestos, mold, lead, VOCs, formaldehyde, soot, char, ash and smoke damage, particulates and other chemicals. In addition, LA Testing offers a full range of air sampling and investigative equipment to professionals and the general public. LA Testing maintains an extensive list of accreditations including: AIHA LAP LLC., AIHA ELLAP, AIHA EMLAP and AIHA IHLAP, NVLAP, State of California, State of Hawaii Department of Health and other states. LA Testing, along with the EMSL Analytical, Inc. network, has multiple laboratories throughout California including South Pasadena, Garden Grove, San Leandro and San Diego.