The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Editorials

November 5, 2012

Readers' Forum 11-5 | Post-Sandy cleanup: Beware of mold

— The American Lung Association of the Mid-Atlantic sends our thoughts out to all of those affected by Hurricane Sandy.

With the passing of the hurricane, people are well aware of the damage a storm like this can have on their homes and neighborhoods, but it’s also important to understand the harm a hurricane can do to a person’s health.

Damp basements and leaking roofs give mold a good chance to grow. Exposure to mold can trigger allergic reactions and asthma symptoms in people who are allergic to mold. Anyone, with or without allergies, may experience irritation of the eyes, skin, nose, throat and lungs when exposed to airborne mold particles.

If you think that your house has mold you need to take action immediately. Breathing it in is a hazard and could affect you and your family’s lung health.

Call a professional to help clean any mold growth that covers more than 10 square feet.

For more information on your health after the storm, visit www.lung.org or the Hurricane and Flooding Resources page on our website.

Deb Brown

President and CEO, American Lung

Association of the Mid-Atlantic

Camp Hill, Cumberland County

Trick-or-treaters’ manners applauded

On Oct. 31, Daisytown and Conemaugh Township, Cambria County, held their annual trick-or-treat activities. Despite the weather, my husband and I received approximately 140 costumed youths.

While some of these youths were younger children, there were also many middle school- and high school-aged youth participating.

It is always nice to see them having fun, rather than having nothing to do or getting into trouble. We would like to compliment all of these trick-or-treaters on their manners and politeness. They came to the door, smiled and said “trick or treat” or “happy Halloween.”

They weren’t greedy or inconsiderate as they chose their candy, and every one of them said “thank you.”

In this me-first society, it was nice to see politeness, manners and respect.

Congratulations. We applaud you and hope all of you had fun.

Beverly Hogue

Johnstown

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