Short-Term, Quick Fixes
The only way to completely remove the dangers of secondhand smoke from a building is to eliminate smoking in the building. Here are a few steps you can take while you work with your landlord or property owner or manager and other tenants toward a smoke-free living space.
Ask your landlord help improve the air quality by:
- Adding more fresh air intake into the ventilation system.
- Cleaning, changing or installing better filters in the ventilation system.
- Restricting the amount of air exhausted through the ventilation system from the units of tenants who smoke.
- Speak with tenants who smoke and request they smoke only near open windows and with enhanced air filtration (fans, etc.).
- Install door sweeps to keep out drifting smoke.
- Fill or patch all cracks around plumbing pipes and those inside of cabinets on common walls.
- Inspecting the structure of your residence, sometimes structural weaknesses will allow secondhand smoke seepage.