Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano announced yesterday that his administration, in partnership with the Red Cross, will begin distributing on Saturday free mold-removal kits at Disaster Recovery Centers in four South Shore communities.
The kits contain basic items necessary to ensure that mold is eliminated and does not recur.
“Together, we can address mold problems while protecting residents from any ill effects,” Mangano said in a statement. “Cleaning a home to remove mold must be done properly to avoid harmful exposure.”
Mold became a critical health concern after neighborhoods suffered unprecedented water damage from superstorm Sandy. Mold growth can cause serious health problems such as coughing, eye irritation, rashes, congestion and breathing issues.
The kits contain detergent, a cleaner with bleach, sponges, goggles, gloves and a respirator face mask and can be picked up at the recovery centers from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Mangano noted that some cases of mold cleanup might require professional services for successful remediation.
The four centers dealing with Sandy issues are at Cedar Creek Park in Seaford, Freeport Recreation Center, Island Park Village Hall and the Long Beach Recreation Center and Ice Arena.
Anyone with symptoms that could come from mold exposure should consult a physician. For more information, call Nassau’s Department of Health at 516-227-9686.