The concept of a “Healthy Home” was pioneered by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to promote safe, decent, and sanitary housing as a means for preventing diseases and injury. The following seven principles are essential to keeping any home healthy.
KEEP IT DRY:
Damp houses provide an environment for mites, rodents, and mold which are all associated with asthma.
KEEP IT CLEAN:
Clean homes reduce pest infestation and exposures to contaminants.
KEEP IT PEST FREE:
Exposure to pests such as roaches and rodents can trigger asthma in children.
KEEP IT SAFE:
Injuries such as falls, burns and poisoning occur most often in the home.
KEEP IT CONTAMINANT FREE:
Exposure to harmful substances, such as lead, radon, pesticides, carbon monoxide, and second hand smoke are much higher indoors.
KEEP IT WELL VENTILATED:
Increasing the fresh air supply improves respiratory health.
KEEP IT WELL MAINTAINED:
Poorly maintained homes are at risk for moisture and pest problems.
• John P. Lapotaire, CIEC
• Certified Indoor Environmental Consultant
• Microshield Environmental Services, LLC