Massachusetts police department hampered by mold

Mold growth isn't just an aesthetic issue, it can be a serious health problem that makes living or working around it difficult, if not impossible. In Orange, Massachusetts, the local police department has been forced to shift some officers and workers into a mobile station because of increasingly poor working conditions due to mold growing on the carpets and walls.

As local news affiliate WWLP 22 reports, the Orange Police Department building has been suffering from mold-related health concerns for several years now, stretching all the way back to 2005. Although the initial problem had subsided, dampness brought on by recent weather has caused the issue to resurface.

Since the mold's return, many officers have complained that they have been consequently suffering from allergy-related health problems, including headaches, itchy eyes and scratchy throats. Some, such as the dispatcher who has to typically spend the bulk of the day indoors, have had to move and are now working out of a mobile police station. The department is looking into cleanup methods, but admits it can be a lengthy process.

"It's going to be an ongoing thing," Orange Police Department Chief Robert Haigh told 22News. "You first remove the obvious which is the carpets. Once those are gone if the smell is still here then obviously we have to keep looking. We did some other areas of concern that we're going to be working with in the boiler room as well as the back room."

If you suspect there is mold growing in your home or workplace, make an appointment for mold testing and inspection. Mold is a serious issue that can cause legitimate health problems, and having a contractor conduct an inspection for mold can help assess your situation and what measures can be taken to resolve it.