December 10, 2007 08:53 ET

Is Your Christmas Tree Making You Sneeze? Air Purifiers Can Help Tackle Indoor Allergens and Put You Back in the Holiday Spirit

SOUTHBOROUGH, MA--(Marketwire - December 10, 2007) - Many consumers, especially those with allergy and asthma sensitivities, can suffer adverse affects from live and artificial Christmas trees and trimmings inside their homes this holiday season. Allergies and asthma can be triggered by mold on decaying trees, tree pollen, and dust on artificial trees and ornaments. However, a few simple tips can help keep everyone in good holiday spirit:

1.      Before decorating a live Christmas tree, hose it off and allow it
        to dry completely on an enclosed porch or garage.
2.      Clean artificial Christmas trees and ornaments outside before
        decorating. They can gather mold and dust in storage.
3.      Consider throwing out a live tree two or three days after
        Christmas, before it becomes moldy.
4.      Take care when burning wood in the fireplace. The smoke can trigger
        an asthma attack.
5.      Operate a portable air purifier in the areas of the home where
        you've placed Christmas trees and decorations, such as the living
        room and family areas.  Effective portable air purifiers, such as
        Honeywell® branded air purifiers, capture up to 99% or more of
        airborne particles 2 microns or larger such as smoke, dust, pollen,
        pet dander and mold spores.

Note to editors: Cheri Wright, associate marketing director for Kaz Inc., manufacturer of portable Honeywell Home Environment Products, is available for interviews and can share tips on which types of home air purifiers are best for which consumers and how Americans can easily and affordably improve their indoor air quality this holiday season.

For more information on Honeywell air purifiers and how to help control indoor air pollution, visit Kaz is a global manufacturer and marketer of portable air purifiers under the Honeywell brand. The Honeywell trademark is used by Kaz, Inc. under license from Honeywell Intellectual Properties Inc.

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