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Is Your Home Safe and Healthy?

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Conditions in your home can be hazardous for your health and safety and for those who visit your home.  A healthy home is designed and maintained to protect those in your home from a variety of environmental hazards.

Below are many helpful resources listed by topic that can help you have a healthy home. Topics include: Asbestos Fibers, Asthma Triggers, Injuries, Pests, Fires, Lead Paint, Household Poisons, Radon Gas, and Contaminated Water. Also see General Information and Wisconsin Community Action Agencies.

Beneath each topic below, click on the image to reveal educational resources for each hazard category.


Asbestos Fibers

Asbestos Fibers--ATSDR/CDC

Asbestos is used in heating insulation, pipe wrap, floor tiles, slate siding, slate shingles, and ceiling tiles. Vermiculite insulation contains asbestos and is also commonly found in attics. Hire a certified asbestos contractor to contain or remove asbestos materials.

 

Asthma Triggers

Asthma Triggers--Girls Health.gov

Cockroaches, mold, dust mites, pet dander, and environmental tobacco smoke are common asthma triggers found in the home. Take steps in your home to avoid or reduce exposure to these triggers.

 

Injuries

Injury Hazards--Child Injury Protection Alliance

Common causes of injury in the home include slip, trip, and fall hazards such as slippery floors and bathtubs, poor lighting, and lack of handrails and baby gates on stairways. Take steps in your home to prevent injuries.

         

Pests

Bed Bugs and other Pest Management--CDC/ Harvard University, Dr. Gary Alpert; Dr. Harold Harlan; Richard Pollack

Common household pests include cockroaches, ants, rodents, and bed bugs. Control pests by using safe practices such as non-toxic baits and traps, copper mesh barriers, sealing cracks and holes, sealing all food containers and removing trash regularly.

 

Fires

Fire Hazards and Prevention/Division of Fire Prevention--Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills, New Jersey

Many household fires and burns are caused by faulty electrical wiring, candles or lit cigarettes left unattended, improper location of space heaters, and cooking grease fires. Make sure your home has a working fire extinguisher and smoke alarms, and your family has a fire escape plan.

 

Lead Paint

Lead Paint/EPA

Young children exposed to lead from chipping and peeling paint can experience reduced IQ and attention span, learning disabilities, developmental delays, and a range of other health and behavioral problems. If your home was built before 1978, test your paint and have your child tested for lead.

         

Household Poisons

Poison Prevention/EPA

Household poisonings include exposure to carbon monoxide gas, household cleaning products, solvents, and pesticides. Prevent exposure by proper storage, usage, and ventilation.

 

Radon Gas

Radon--EPA/ Office of Radiation and Indoor Air

Radon is a colorless, odorless gas in the soil that can seep into your home through cracks in concrete. Radon can cause lung cancer. Know your radon gas level by testing your home.

 

Contaminated Water

Water Issues--CDC/ Debora Cartagena

Your drinking water supply should be free of bacteria, heavy metals, and chemicals such as nitrates and arsenic. Know what's in your water.

 

General Healthy Homes Resources

Wisconsin Community Action Programs

 

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Last Revised:  September 04, 2014