Hello. I’m Alexandra Dunn, Regional Administrator for EPA New England. Asthma is a significant issue here in New England. We have higher rates of asthma here than the rest of the country. Nearly 15% of adults and 14% of children living in New England have asthma. That’s about 2.1 million people! There are a few tips and tricks for those suffering with asthma to reduce their symptoms. Since we spend on average 90% of our time indoors, it’s important to be aware of indoor triggers – or things that can spark asthma symptoms. Environmental asthma triggers include things such as mold, secondhand smoke, dust mites, pet dander and even household dust. Days with poor outdoor air quality can also exacerbate asthma symptoms. It’s important to work with your doctor to identify what triggers may be impacting you, and to manage them accordingly. We must continue to spread awareness and continue to educate people about asthma. At EPA New England, we work closely with our state and local partners on this issue. We also provide funds to municipal and non-profit organizations to promote asthma awareness and education. We hope you join us to work to reduce asthma triggers in and around your environment.