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    There are various concerns about the air quality in sports and recreational facilities.  The following articles relate specifically to ice skating rinks; however, concerns about chorine is just as important for managers of  swimming pools. Other facilities may experience exposure to molds  because of high humidity and leaching of chemicals from insulating materials.

    The increasing cost of energy has led to buildings being built tighter to reduce air and heat exchange, especially in very cold and very hot climates.  While the engineering changes reduced the load on air conditioning and heating, it also allowed harmful chemicals to accumulate inside the structure.

    Going "Green" require architects and engineers to examine the long term effects on the building' s air quality on its occupants and not just the short term energy costs.

   

    Indoor ice arenas with poorly maintained ice- resurfacing machines and inadequate ventilation are creating potentially dangerous health hazards for players, coaches, fans and workers at rinks in several states around the country, according to an investigation by ESPN's "E:60."

    On Feb 11, 2011 The Today Show on NBC did a story on the possible dangers of Carbon Monoxide levels in ice rinks.

    16 Mar 1996 ... Lee K, Yanagisawa Y, Spengler JD, Nakai S. Carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide exposures in indoor ice skating rinks

     Gas fueled motor vehicles equipped with catalytic converters convert carbon monoxide to carbon dioxide, a harmless gas.

Guidelines of Operating Ice Resurfacing Equipment
    Guidelines are intended to assist owners and operators of indoor ice-skating rinks.   


Carbon monoxide in indoor ice skating rinks:
     Abatement of toxic levels of carbon monoxide in Seattle ice skating rinks.

Threat: Carbon Monoxide Poisoning in indoor Ice Rinks
     Learn what you can do to protect your child from the risk of indoor air pollutants in recreational arenas, at school, and at home.

Atmospheric hazards associated with ice skating
     "Air Sampling Requirements" requires that operators of indoor ice skating rinks take and record air measurements for both carbon monoxide and nitrogen.

Natural gas
     Natural is the cleanest of the fossil fuels, can be used in many ways to help reduce the emissions of pollutants into the atmosphere. Burning natural gas in the place of other fossil fuels emits fewer harmful pollutants.

Ventilating
     The process of "changing" or replacing air in any space is used to provide high indoor air quality.

Ice resurfacing Equipment
    Do coaches, parents and spectators who focus on winning  games sense how hollow a victory is in such situations.

     Youth sports are gaining stride, with 44 million kids in the United States now playing at least one organized activity, according to Dr, Paul Stricker
  

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