You want to take good care of your family. You try to eat healthy foods. You take your children to the doctor for regular checkups. You try your best to protect your family from accidents and illness. You want to live in a safe neighborhood and home.
But did you know your home might have hidden dangers to your family’s health? Ask yourself:
Is the air in your home clean and healthy?
Do your children have breathing problems, like asthma?
Is someone in your home allergic to mold?
Do you know the signs of carbon monoxide poisoning?
Is there lead anywhere in your home?
Is your tap water safe to drink?
Do you have household products with chemicals in them that can make you sick?
Do you use bug spray or other products to keep away pests?
Do you keep poisons where your children can reach them?
The answers to questions like these will help you learn if your home is safe and healthy.
Seven Healthy Homes Principles…
Fortunately there are some really simple ways to help make your home a healthier place for you and your family. By following the Seven Healthy Homes Principles, you can help make your home a healthier place to live in.
1. Keep your home Dry:
Damp houses provide a nurturing environment for mites, roaches, rodents, and molds, all of which are associated with asthma.
2. Keep your home Clean:
Clean homes help reduce pest infestations and exposure to contaminants.
3. Keep your home 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. Keep your home 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. Keep your home 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. Keep your home Ventilated:
Studies show that increasing the fresh air supply in a home improves respiratory health.
7. Keep your home 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.