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Coronavirus in New York: Data Center

Coronavirus cases hit 142 in NYS, up 35% in 1 day, Gov. Cuomo unveils state hand sanitizer

Despite negative test result, local doctors still concerned about local coronavirus cases

Newest Deepening Concern: CORONAVIRUS in Upstate New York
The Coronavirus also known as COVID-19 is a disturbing global development. Coronaviruses are a massive family of viruses.

Cuomo introduces new measures to protect children from lead paint exposure
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 2020 budget has new protections for children exposed to lead paint.

7 Living Room Renovation Ideas on a Budget
What's the primary motivation for tackling any room renovation, whether it’s a living room, bedroom or bathroom?

Indoor Carbon Dioxide Levels Could be a Health Hazard, Scientists Warn
While air pollutants such as tiny particles and nitrogen oxides have been the subject of much research, there have been far fewer studies looking into the health impact of CO2.

Feds Offer $330M to Clean up Lead Paint
The money will be available in the form of grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Cities, counties, tribal governments and other local leadership bodies can apply for the grants, which will be awarded in sums up to $9.1 million for a five-year period.

Where Water Goes, Mold Surely Grows
With summer in full swing, it is that time of year again in many parts of the country for the dreaded hurricane season

The 4 Signs That Your Home Needs New Insulation
Proper and lasting insulation is of utmost importance in order to maintain warm and cold air inside a home.

Clean Up Lead Before It Wrecks More American Lives
Like the Romans, the U.S. uses lead to supply water -- about a third of all U.S. water systems use lead pipes. And until just a few years ago, plumbing fixtures containing as much as 8% lead could be sold as “lead-free.”

Asbestos Contamination Found in More Claire's Cosmetics
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has found more asbestos in make-up sold at Claire's, an accessory store geared towards young teenagers.

‘Indoor Radon Exposure Raises Tumor Mutation in Lung Cancer Patients’
The study revealed that non-smoking lung cancer patients exposed to a high level of radon have a poor prognosis and a high chance of recurrence due to the increased tumor mutation.

Stafford schools to make changes to asbestos management practice following EPA review of complaint
Stafford County Public Schools is making changes to the way it communicates information about asbestos-containing materials in its schools following a review of its practices by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Air Conditioners, Mold and More: What You Need to Know
Examine your air conditioner and be on the lookout for clusters of tiny black spots along the air duct.

6 Easy Ways to Reduce Your Mold Exposure
Do you sneeze regularly or have a constantly runny nose? Exposure to mold may be causing these problems.

EPA’s Latest Asbestos Regulation Falls Short of Full Ban
The Environmental Protection Agency issued a new regulation on Wednesday that will make it tougher to domestically manufacture, import or sell products made with asbestos, the toxic mineral that causes mesothelioma and other diseases.

Radon in Schools? Bill Would Begin to Mandate Testing in Radon-Dense Pa.
A new bill in the Statehouse would require every school district in Pennsylvania to test for radon and inform parents of the results.

The Vital Importance of Getting Your Home Tested for Mold, Especially Post-Superstorm Sandy
Our homes are our sanctuaries, places where we usually feel our very safest. But, what if there were something inside that home – within its very walls, hidden out of sight – that could be literally poisoning you?

Irondequoit strip mall being razed for ESL branch
A vacant strip mall at 2256 Hudson Ave. near Titus Avenue in Irondequoit

How to Protect Yourself from Hidden Mold Problems During a Purchase of a Hotel
Most prospective owners involved in the process of acquiring a hotel property understand that some renovations may be necessary, but aren’t prepared for hidden moisture and mold damage that will exponentially escalate repair costs.

January is National Radon Action Month
The EPA has designated January as National Radon Action Month. The purpose of this is to increase awareness of radon.

Could Asbestos Be in Your Favorite Alcoholic Drink?
It is now known that chrysotile and amphibole asbestos fibers have been widely used in the production of alcohol.

Radon Remains a Hazard in Genesee County NY

Choose Optimal Air Quality
Most exposure to environmental chemicals happens indoors, and indoor air pollution levels can be from two to five times greater than outdoor air pollution.

What You Can’t See May Be Greatly Impacting Your Family’s Health
Mold is a living organism that reproduces by releasing spores, which then latch onto household surfaces. It can enter the home through open windows and doors, or on the bottom of your shoes.

What to Expect From a Home Inspection
You need a professional home inspection before you commit. An inspection should uncover any potential issues so you have a complete picture of what you’re buying.

How to Make Your House More Environmentally Friendly
The average family is exposed to thousands of environmental toxins from inside their own home, but there are simple things you can do to make your living space healthier for your family.

How Radon Gets Into A Building
Most indoor radon comes into the building from the soil or rock beneath it.

Energy Efficient Ventilation and Indoor Air Quality
There’s a good chance the Indoor Air Quality is contributing to allergies, asthma and even the spread of influenza and the common cold.

Intellipure Ultrafine 468 Air Purifier Review
Indoor air is frequently more than 10 times more polluted than outdoor air.

How To Find The Best Water Damage Professional
Even if you don’t live in areas prone to flooding, water damage can happen.

4 Potential Problems With Old Homes
Older properties tend to come with their share of problems. Make sure to look at these issues when getting a professional home inspection.

Survey Shows Why A Wet Basement Is Bad News And How To Avoid It
Living in a home with a wet basement is bad news.

7 Tips To Saving Money On A Bathroom Remodel
Updating and upgrading your bathroom can be expensive. Here are some tips and tricks to save you money.

Schools And Homes Should Get Tested For Radon
Radon, which is a known carcinogen, is a leading cause of lung cancer deaths among non-smokers in the U.S. as well as Canada.

5 Steps to Have a Successful Mold Remediation
There are two vital things to recall about mold: prevent it by doing things right the first run through and when you do confront mold, deal with it immediately.

10 Questions About Asbestos-Related Lung Cancer
An estimated 158,080 Americans will die from lung cancer in 2016, according to the American Lung Association.

Cancer-Causing Chemicals Are Likely Hiding in Your House Dust
Dust bunnies lurking in corners could be exposing their families to cancer-causing chemicals.

3 pre-winter lawn care pointers
Winter is rarely easy on lawns, but homeowners can take several steps to prepare their lawns for potentially harsh winter weather.

Roof Inspections Prevent Problems
Cold weather can be tough on a home, and perhaps no part of a home is more vulnerable to harsh winter weather than its roof.

Be mindful of radon as winter approaches
As residents seal their homes this winter to keep the warm air in and bitter cold out, they must also be aware that naturally occurring radon gas may be increasing to dangerous levels within.

Carmel couple sues city after 13 years of floods to historic home
As Amy Van Ostrand balanced the care of her husband fighting for life against blood cancer with ongoing efforts to clean up and repair a basement that had severely flooded

Mold scare drives 10 students out of USC dorm
   Ten University of South Carolina students have moved out of the 47-year-old Bates House residence hall over concerns about mold.

Read more here: http://www.thestate.com/news/local/education/article104984726.html#storylink=cpy

Norton fire causes estimated $500,000 in damage
Firefighters on roof of Jeffrey's Pizza after a fire broke out in the Shops in the Pines mini-plaza on East Main Street in Norton Friday.

Navy discovers elevated radon levels on base
Military officials discovered elevated levels of radon during regular testing carried out as part of the Navy’s Radon Assessment and Mitigation Program (NAVRAMP).

How Much is the Drought Really Contributing to Pool Demolition?
The Los Angeles Times recently reported an uptick in the number of Southern California residents who have decided to demolish or bury their backyard pools.

Courthouse to fully reopen by Monday
Spartanburg County courthouse operations should be back to normal next week as mold remediation work wraps up and employees move back into their offices.

Home Help: Top 5 secrets from professionals on home renovation
When asked what kind of upgrades homeowners would like to make in their home, most have a similar wish list that includes features like marble or granite counter tops, an open concept kitchen, a remodeled bathroom and a deck.

Gas Leak Causes Evacuation at Senior Home in Rochester, NY
Up to 150 residents in The Shire at Culverton Adult Home were evacuated Saturday afternoon. Firefighters say a gas leak caused the alert.

Parents Frustrated Over Future Of Contaminated School
Clark School in north Hartford was shut down in January 2015 after hazardous chemicals called PCBs were detected in the school's air.

Contractor pleads guilty after illegally removing asbestos
An Indianapolis contractor was sentenced to four months of house arrest and two years of probation after pleading guilty Monday in federal court to illegally removing asbestos.

Genesee Seeks Demolition in Upgrade Plan
A building that's more than a century old may come down to make way for an ambitious upgrade and expansion project at the Genesee Brewery

Tips for detecting and preventing mold in your house
When a sump pump fails or a pipe bursts, experts say homeowners typically can work to dry out household items themselves.

Cleaning Up After 1991 Ice Storm Wreaked Havoc on Rochester
Rochester was hit with a devastating ice storm 25 years ago, the largest natural disaster in recent memory.

Rochester's Housing Market is Hot
If you’re planning to sell your home, now is the time. If you’re trying to buy a home, you’ve got to act fast.

Building Energy Saving Tips
Simple and effective ways to save energy in your home or office.

'Zombie house' demolished in Irondequoit
The town demolished one of the 'zombie' properties which stood at 159 Mountcalm Drive.

Take Caution When Bats Are Near
Several highly fatal diseases have been linked to bats.

Abrasive Blasting for Mold Remediation
As more is understood about the health issues related to mold growth in interior environments, new methods for mold assessment and remediation are being put into practice.

High lead levels found in Penfield schools
Officials with the Penfield School District said they've found elevated lead levels in water samples from all six school buildings.

10 Things to Know About Finishing a Basement
Create a lower level with high style and function.

7 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Hiring Pros
As a homeowner, you should know the basics of finding a home improvement contractor remain constant.

Pet Odors Can Kill a Home Sale
Your beloved pets may provide a great deal of companionship and comfort, but they also bring along smells that home buyers are not going to find appealing.

How to Protect Your Family From Radon When Buying a Newly Built Home
If you are buying a home or selling your home, have it tested for radon.

Traces of lead found in Brighton schools
Elevated levels of lead were found inside three Brighton school buildings.

Environmental Hazards on the Mind of Home Buyers
Homebuyers are increasingly considering environmental hazards that may exist on or near a property

Environmental Hazards: Know the Neighborhood
Today’s ultra health-conscious consumers want the assurance of safety and purity in the products they buy.

Environmental Testing Services Should be on Your Home Inspection Checklist
Most home inspectors lack the knowledge and certifications to test for toxic substances, homebuyers should schedule an environmental inspection

Protect your Home against melting Snow in Rochester NY
We may be overlooking the damage that melting snow can do as it leaves water, slush and mud to terrorize your home.

Avon property developer pleads guilty to exposing workers to asbestos
An Avon man pled guilty to violating the Clean Air Act asbestos work practice standards on Wednesday.

Radon is an unseen danger
Radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, only behind tobacco smoke

Tainted insulation a risk in older homes
Old-style insulation, tainted by asbestos, a risk in some homes, but fund can help with cleanup bills

Schumer pushes for funds to combat lead poisoning
To help combat the Rochester region's lead paint problem, Senator Schumer has proposed a federal tax credit to offset the cost of cleaning the toxin out of people's homes.

Fixing Dirt Crawlspaces: Liners or Poured Concrete
Over 25 million homes in the U.S. are built over exposed dirt crawlspaces.

Drying a Wet Basement
You may need an interior drain and sump pump to solve the problem

5 things you should do and 1 thing you should NOT do if your pipes freeze
Leaving a faucet open during freezing cold weather can help prevent your pipes from freezing and bursting -- which can lead to expensive home damage.

Lead Paint, Lead Toys, Lead Dietary Supplements
The lead pipes in Flint, Michigan, are a tiny part of a huge problem.

4th Patient Infected During Mold Outbreak at Hospital Dies
A fourth transplant patient who contracted a fungal infection during a mold outbreak at a western Pennsylvania hospital has died, officials said Sunday.

Sensible Guide for Healthier School Renovations
This booklet provides school administrators, facility managers, staff and the school community with an overview of how to avoid key environmental health hazards.

BBB's Top 10 Scams for 2015
What was the number one scam reported to BBB's Scam Tracker in 2015? It was tax scams. Click on the photo to learn more about the others.

Acting Labor Commissioner Reminds NY of New Department of Labor Mold Program
New Law Governing Licensing and Training Goes Into Effect January 1st
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