Environ Health Toxicol.  2012 ;27(1):e2012002.

Frequency of Humidifier and Humidifier Disinfectant Usage in Gyeonggi Provine

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Suwon, Korea. bhjeon0369@gmail.com
  • 2Division of Epidemic Intelligence Service, Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Osong, Korea.

Abstract


OBJECTIVES
This study is a cross-sectional study to investigate the frequency of humidifier and humidifier disinfectant usage in the general population.
METHODS
A questionnaire was applied to 94 subjects (46 male, 48 female) from the general population of Gyeonggi Province. The questionnaire consisted of 3 scales (general characteristics, 5 items about humidifier usage, 5 items about humidifier disinfectant usage).
RESULTS
Thirty-five (37.2%) of the 94 subjects use a humidifier and humidifier disinfectant usage was found to be 18.1%. The frequency of humidifier usage is 4.8 times per a week and the humidifier disinfectant usage is 2.4 times per a week. Humidifier usage rate was highest in January. and then tended to rise gradually from October.
CONCLUSIONS
Although this study population was not representative, we can say that approximately 50 percent of the humidifier users use a humidifier disinfectant and the trend of using a humidifier has shown seasonality.

Keyword

Humidifier; Humidifier disinfectant
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