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Health and Safety Concerns

Mould

Some people are more sensitive to mould

Mould can be found in every home. Exposure to mould does not always have negative health effects. However, some people may be more sensitive to mould:

  • children
  • pregnant women
  • the elderly
  • those with asthma, hay fever, or other allergies
  • those with a weak immune system due to other medical conditions
  • people with specific illnesses such as diabetes or cancer may be more susceptible to infections caused by certain types of mould

Symptoms of mould exposure

Common symptoms of mould sensitivity may include:

  • runny nose or nasal congestion
  • eye irritation
  • cough
  • aggravation of asthma
  • tiredness
  • headaches
  • difficulty concentrating

Most mould exposure symptoms are not serious or long-lasting. However, if you are experiencing any of the symptoms above, you should contact your family doctor.

For more information

Visit our mould website to learn more about mould and its effects on health.

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Chemical Residues

Some people are more sensitive to residues

Fertilizers and pesticides may be used in marijuana grow operations to enhance growth and control weeds, fungus or insects. The fertilizers and pesticides may leave chemical residues on household surfaces and should be removed as part of the cleanup process.

As with mould exposure, some people may be more sensitive than others to fertilizer and pesticide residues:

  • children
  • pregnant women
  • the elderly
  • those with asthma, hay fever, allergies or
  • those with a weak immune system due to other medical conditions

Symptoms of pesticide poisoning

Being exposed to pesticides does not automatically mean that individuals will suffer a negative health effect. The toxicity of the specific pesticide, the concentration, how long an individual was exposed and the frequency of exposure, may contribute to an adverse reaction to chemical residues.

Common symptoms of pesticide poisoning include:
  • burning, stinging or itchy eyes, nose, throat and skin
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • wheezing
  • coughing
  • headache

The symptoms above can range in severity. Contact your family doctor if you are experiencing any of these symptoms.

For more information

Visit our pesticides website to learn more about how pesticides can affect your health.

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Other Safety Concerns

Other safety concerns from a property found to be a marijuana grow operation (MGO) include:

  • electrocution
  • increased crime
  • booby-trapped dwellings
  • fire
  • structural failure

Identifying and Reporting an MGO | Information About MGOs | Health and Safety Concerns
Assessment and Cleanup of an MGO | Resources

Revised: Wednesday February 29 2012

Revised: Friday July 09 2010

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