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Bert's Blog™ features anything and everything to do with what is more suitable for those living with asthma and allergies. The blog also presents information for manufacturers aiming to provide products and services for those patients with asthma and allergic diseases.

Bert takes the science of certification and talks about it with you so that all can better understand what it means to be Certified asthma & allergy friendly™. He will also discuss tips, asthma and allergy news and resources, Q&As, newly certified products and services, and more.

Bert's Blog™ will occasionally feature guest bloggers from the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) and Allergy Standards Limited (ASL) who will talk about manufacturer tips, new Certification Standards, and industry news.

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obama plush dog toysThe Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America Helps Parents Find Toys that are Certified asthma & allergy friendly®

Allergy season is around the corner, and parents should be aware of the asthma and allergy triggers in both their home and outdoor environment. With windows and doors buttoned up for winter, dust, mold, and other allergens can quickly accumulate inside – making things like children’s toys a magnet for these allergens.

One way to recognize toys as being more suitable for asthma and allergies is by looking for the asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Mark on the packaging. Toys that are certified asthma & allergy friendly® have undergone material tests to make sure they don’t have properties that are likely to irritate both asthma and allergy symptoms. They must also be tested for certain chemicals that could cause allergic or irritant reactions. Lastly, any allergen accumulating within a stuffed toy must be removable by laundering in a washing machine.

If you’re not sure whether or not the toy you want is certified, just pull up the asthma & allergy friendly® Certified Products App on your smartphone and scan the barcode. You can also browse certified products ahead of time and see which stores carry them. It’s that easy!

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What Causes Indoor Air Pollution?

Indoor air pollution can pose a health risk, especially for people with asthma and allergies. Your home may have small particles in the air or damaging gases such as carbon monoxide.

What causes indoor air pollution?

  • Tobacco smoke.
  • Mold. It grows in places where there is moisture, such as the kitchen, bathroom and basement. It can grow on window sills and even in walls, ceilings or carpet.
  • Dust mites and cockroach allergens, which come from different parts of the cockroach.
  • Fumes from burning oil, coal or wood.
  • Fumes called volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Certain products like new kitchen cabinets, newly finished floors, new carpet and paints can give off VOCs.
  • Radon — a naturally occurring gas you can't see or smell. It can seep inside from the soil or rock under your home.
  • Carbon monoxide — another gas you can't see or smell - from furnaces, stoves and fireplaces that are not vented to the outdoors or not vented correctly.
  • Pollen, pet dander and outdoor air pollution can enter the home through open windows and doors.

What can you do to improve indoor air quality?

  • Make sure your home has adequate air flow.
  • Remove sources of moisture.
  • Keep your windows and doors closed during high pollen times.
  • Reduce clutter in your home.
  • Use products that are Certified asthma & allergy friendly™
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It's Time to Think About Air Cleaners, Filters and Purifiers

With summer coming to a close, it means it is time to start preparing for fall allergies. Because we spend more time indoors in the fall and winter, we need to improve the indoor air quality of our homes, places of work and school.

Dust mites, mold, and other things in indoor air can make asthma and allergy symptoms worse. Air filters in central heating and air-conditioning ducts in your home or in portable room air cleaners help remove these indoor pollutants. 

Can air filters or air cleaners alone improve indoor air?

 No, but Certified asthma & allergy friendly™ air cleaners and filters can help. There are three ways to improve indoor air:

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1.7.16 New Years Resolutions Image List of ResolutionsHappy New Year, everyone!

As 2016 rolls in, many of us are thinking about our New Year’s resolutions. We may want to exercise more, eat healthier, or take more “me-time.” But it is important to remember your asthma and allergies play a big role in your quality of life too.

Maybe you’ve had allergies since you were little. Or maybe you are new to living with asthma. Regardless of your situation, take advantage of a new year and make a new life for yourself. A life without limits.

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This is a five-part blog series about the asthma & allergy friendlyCertification Program’s impact.


7.2.15 Berts Impact Part 2 Image Health Mavens for ConsumersThe first post of this five-part series about the asthma & allergy friendly™ Certification Program’s impact talked about why the program was created.  In this post, I want to talk about a special group of people that you just might be a part of.

From the last post, we know that asthma and allergies affect 1 out of 5—or 60 million–Americans.  That includes children and adults.  But did you know these diseases are the 3rd most common chronic disease among children under 18?  These children need help from their moms, dads, caregivers, teachers, and doctors to manage their asthma and allergies.

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6.18.15 Wedding Season Image Wedding Sign SmallIt’s wedding season once again and it seems like everyone you know is getting married. 

Since asthma and allergies affects 1 out of 5 Americans, and over 50% of U.S. households, odds are the new couple may be among them.  With one of the worst allergy seasons in over a decade, it’s important for the new couple to keep pollen and other allergens and irritants outside so they can start their new journey on the right foot—with a healthier home.

When you’re brainstorming ideas for gifts, consider Certified asthma & allergy friendly™ products.  When you see the Certification Mark and my face, you know that product is scientifically proven to be more suitable for those with asthma and allergies.  There are a full range of products, from small to large, that can fit into a budget you feel comfortable with.

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This is a five-part blog series about the asthma & allergy friendly Certification Program’s impact. 

6.4.15 Berts Impact Part 1 Image Prevalence for Consumers

I think it’s important to really understand “the why” of an initiative—like the asthma & allergy friendly™ Certification Program—before the scope of its impact can be brought into perspective.  So why did the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) and Allergy Standards Limited (ASL) start this certification program?

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USA-certified-asthma-and-allergy-friendly-general-use-cert-markWho am I?

The name’s Bert.  You may have seen me around before.  My face is on the asthma & allergy friendly™ Certification Mark that’s on thousands of product packages, on national TV commercials, and in every major store across the country.

What is the Certification Mark?

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