Tuttle, Oklahoma, bans perfume from town offices to spare allergic workers
Due to the mild winter, researchers at the American College of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology are predicting a harsher, and longer, allergy season this year. Since they can't change the air quality outside, some municipalities are taking steps to combat triggers within government buildings.
Perfumes and colognes are no longer welcome in city hall in Tuttle, Oklahoma, according to a story from national news source USA Today. The city put a ban on strongly scented fragrances in government offices in an effort to be more considerate of allergy sufferers, whose sinuses are particularly sensitive to such odors.
"Every now and then, you get some people who think it's stupid," Tuttle City Manager Tim Young told the source. Tuttle explained that the health benefits of clean air are important to the general public.
Signs on the building and a bulletin on the city's website warn that anyone wearing a fragrance must refrain from going past the city hall entrance. Such bans are not uncommon, as other municipalities have taken steps to make breathing easier in government buildings throughout the country.
In Portland, Oregon, local officials have enforced the ban of scented cleaning products in government buildings while members of city government and their staff have been asked to refrain from using fragrances in the office.
The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology lists strongly scented perfumes, aftershaves and colognes as some of the most common triggers amongst people suffering from respiratory ailments.
While avoiding people who wear strongly scented fragrances is one method to prevent a negative reaction, indoor allergens may pose health issues as well. By using a HEPA air filter to help purify the air in conjunction with a dehumidifier to control moisture levels, allergy sufferers can have a bit more peace of mind this summer.