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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:

Principles of Healthy Homes

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 535,000 U.S. children.

8. Thermally Controlled: Tenants and homeowners are at risk for various health problemts related to prolonged exposure to excessive heat or cold when their homes do not maintain adequate temperatures.

Check the Safety of Your Home

Surgeon General’s Healthy Home Checklist

Healthy Home’s Maintenance Checklist


Is Your Home Safe and Health (WI DHS)

Got Pests? Control Them Safely (EPA)

How to Control Pests Safely (Health Homes Coalition)

Bed Bugs in Wisconsin (WI DHS)

Healthy Homes Page (CDC)



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