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Healthy Homes

The home environment is one of the most influential aspects of health. Below is information on how you can keep your home healthy:

CDC’s Health Begins at Home Video

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Seven Principles to a Healthy Home

1.      Dry: Damp houses provide a nurturing environment for mites, roaches, rodents, and molds, all of which are associated with asthma.

2.      Clean: Clean homes help reduce pest infestations and exposure to contaminants.

3.      Pest-Free: Recent studies show a causal relationship between exposure to mice and cockroaches and asthma episodes in children; yet inappropriate treatment for pest infestations can exacerbate health problems, since pesticide residues in homes pose risks for neurological damage and cancer.

4.      Safe: The majority of injuries among children occur in the home. Falls are the most frequent cause of residential injuries to children, followed by injuries from objects in the home, burns, and poisonings.

5.      Contaminant-Free: Chemical exposures include lead, radon, pesticides, volatile organic compounds, and environmental tobacco smoke. Exposures to asbestos particles, radon gas, carbon monoxide, and second-hand tobacco smoke are far higher indoors than outside.

6.      Ventilated: Studies show that increasing the fresh air supply in a home improves respiratory health.

7.      Maintained: Poorly-maintained homes are at risk for moisture and pest problems. Deteriorated lead-based paint in older housing is the primary cause of lead poisoning, which affects some 240,000 U.S. children.

Check the Safety of Your Home

Surgeon General’s Healthy Home Checklist

Healthy Home’s Maintenance Checklist

Resources

How to Control Pests Safely (NYC Health Department)

Preventing Mice and Rats on Your Property (NYC Health Department)

Bed Bugs (NYC Health Department)

Bed Bugs in Wisconsin (WI DHS)

CDC Healthy Homes Page

Wisconsin Healthy Homes Tips

 
 

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