Farm scenery, Dryden NY
Image by Sandy Repp

Fresh air in the outdoors.

Air Quality Issues

Updated information on Dutchess County’s Air Quality is available through the new Natural Resource Inventory of Dutchess County, Chapter 2: Climate and Air Quality of Dutchess County.

Indoor Air Quality

Most of us spend much of our time indoors. The air that we breathe in our homes, in schools, and in offices can put us at risk for health problems. Pollutants such as chemicals, gases, and living organisms like mold and pests can cause health problems such as sore eyes, burning in the nose and throat, headaches, or fatigue. Other pollutants cause or worsen allergies, respiratory illnesses (such as asthma), heart disease, cancer, and other serious long-term conditions. Learn more below about some indoor air quality issues.

Asbestos sheets


Asbestos is a common yet toxic material. Learn how to identify it and protect your home.

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New Orleans resident searches for salvageable items in her home following Hurricane Katrina. Many homes were like this one with mold damage to the ceiling. 


Mold can cause great damage to your home. Click here to learn more about this organism and how to control it.

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Radioactivity sign against a blue sky, for use on Radon education events


Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. Do you know what radon is? Where it is? How to test for it? Learn about it here and how to get a free radon home test kit.

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Fiestaware mini-disk pitchers; lead-glazed pottery


Lead is highly toxic and dangerous. Learn how it can affect you and what you can do.

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Last updated June 11, 2015