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What is a healthy home?

There are many aspects of a healthy home. A healthy home is clean, safe, well-maintained, and well-ventilated. A healthy home is free of pests, mold, moisture, dust, dirt, and other household contaminants. A healthy home makes its inhabitants feel safe and secure.  

Why do I want a healthy home?

Much of your family’s time is spent in the home. The condition of your home can greatly affect your family and their health. A healthy home promotes mental, physical and social well-being. If a home is not healthy, many harmful health effects can occur.

How can I make my home healthy?

  • Keep it dry
  • Keep it clean
  • Keep it safe
  • Keep it well-ventilated
  • Keep it pest-free
  • Keep it contaminant-free
  • Keep it well-maintained

What are the health effects of an unhealthy home?

There are many harmful conditions and diseases related to poor housing conditions. These harmful effects include:

  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Lead poisoning in children
  • Falls
  • Fires
  • Injuries
  • Insect/rodent bites
  • Lung cancer (related to indoor tobacco smoke and radon)
  • Pesticide poisoning
  • Respiratory illness