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FEMA: Mold can be major threat to homeowners

June 17, 2010
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RICHMOND, KY — Even though the flooding from early May has subsided, homeowners should remain aware of the danger that lies underneath, according to the Richmond Register.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) representatives are alerting people to the problems created by the onset of mold, the article stated.
"Mold can be a problem any time you''ve had moisture," said Michael Skeels, public information office for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
"It becomes a major health risk. Mold grows very quickly if it isn''t dried out quickly and well ventilated," Skeels added.
According to the article, typical symptoms reported from mold exposure include respiratory problems such as wheezing and asthma attacks, burning or watery eyes, nose or throat irritations, skin irritations like rashes or hives and nervous system disorders such as headaches, memory loss and mood changes.
To remove mold effectively, FEMA suggests wearing a filter mask and gloves to avoid contact with the mold, the article noted.
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