Indoor Air Quality In Kuwaiti Homes Near Gasoline Stations
Urbanization combined with a population increase of affluent societies has resulted in high pollution levels in different localities in the state of Kuwait. As a result, many gasoline dispensing stations are built to serve the increasing demand of consumers for fuel. Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) including BTEXs (benzene, toluene, ethyl benzene and xylenes) were emitted from these stations and have intensely affected the neighbouring environment. Samples were collected from houses and stations over one week. The aim of this paper is to measure the concentrations of these pollutants in gasoline dispensing stations and in residential Kuwaiti homes surrounding the stations. Therefore, the most appropriate mitigation methods are proposed to be implemented for healthy living. The results demonstrate that other sources of BTEXs contribute to the emission from gasoline dispensing stations.
Keywords - Indoor, Air quality, BTEXs, environment, health risk.