Florida Indoor Air Quality Program
This program was established to reduce exposure to indoor air contaminants including mold and mildew. Through this program, Sarasota County has a full-time environmental health specialist who provides advice and expertise about how to manage indoor air problems in residences, schools, health care, and public facilities. Our highest priority is given to helping solve health problems when a physician suspects that indoor air quality may be a contributing factor.
Florida Clean Indoor Air Act
The Florida Clean Indoor Air Act (FCIAA) is part of the Bureau of Tobacco Health and Awareness. The FCIAA program is responsible for the implementation and enforcement of workplace smoking regulations.
- Florida Clean Indoor Air Act - Florida Department of Health
- FCIAA hotline: 1-800-337-3742
Mold and Mildew
All too common in our humid Florida climate, mold and mildew can present health problems in indoor environments.
Prevent / Eliminate Mold & Mildew:
- Environmental Health officials recommend you use air conditioning to keep the humidity below 60% in your home.
- Eliminating mold: more info from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Trained specialists serve as a technical resource to the public on the health effects of radon.
Radon is a naturally occurring, invisible, odorless, tasteless, radioactive gas produced from the radioactive decay of radium found in most soils and earthen construction materials. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. after smoking, and the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that radon is responsible for more than 21,000 lung cancer deaths per year. Data collected by the Florida Department of Health from state-certified professionals indicates that 1 in 5 Florida residences have elevated radon levels. The only way to know the radon levels in your home is to have it tested.
For more information on radon testing, please contact DOH-Sarasota's office of Environmental Health.
- Frequently Asked Questions about Radon - Florida Department of Health
- Radon in the Home - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)