Parents whose children attend schools in the Beaches-East York area of Toronto recently crowded a public meeting with the Toronto District School Board – so much so that they had to get a bigger room than they’d originally booked.
Water leaks and suspected mold are just two of a litany of maintenance issues the parents say are plaguing the aging schools in the system, with many of them using multiple portables in overcrowded conditions.
Mold and Children
Those East Toronto parents were right to take the issue of older schools and building maintenance seriously when it comes to the health and safety of their children. Mold growth and indoor air quality issues are of particular concern when it comes to the very young (and the very old). Research has shown that the effects of mold exposure are at their worst in these groups, including:
- Worsening of existing allergies or asthma even with medication
- Respiratory irritation, persistent cough or wheeziness
- Eye, nose, skin and throat irritation
- Flu-like symptoms that don’t go away
If you or your family are experiencing these or any other symptoms on a continuous basis and particularly if they can’t be explained by any other reason, you should suspect the presence of mold – which could be hidden in floors, walls, attics or basements where you don’t see it directly.
All it takes is for moisture to linger, a condition that’s especially common in areas where there’s poor ventilation. Mold growth can take hold within 24-48 hours when the conditions are right, and once it’s in your HVAC system, the spores can travel throughout your home
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