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Creating Healthier Homes

June 19, 2017

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has announced that June 2017 is their second National Healthy Homes Month. Stated in the June 5, 2017 press release, “The goal is to raise awareness for what makes a home healthy, and to strengthen coordination and collaboration between housing and health at the federal, state and local levels.”

Creating healthier housing promotes the healthy growth and development for the entire family. “National Healthy Homes Month serves as an important educational call to action,” said Jon L. Gant, Director of HUD’s Office of Lead hazard Control and Healthy Homes. “Providing families with the resources they need to keep their homes safe from potential health hazards such as lead-based paint and pests helps them to create the healthiest family and home possible.”

It is not just older homes that contain hazards; newer homes can also have issues. Download the Healthier Homes Checklist and keep it handy but in the meantime, here are some simple ways to help make your home healthier:

  1. Keep it Dry by preventing water from leaks in your roof and basement by checking your drainage.
  2. Keep it Clean by regularly cleaning the interior of your home. Reduce clutter
  3. Keep it Safe by storing poisons out of reach of children and properly labelled. Install smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.
  4. Keep it Well-Ventilated by running bathroom fans or use a whole house ventilation system to reduce the concentration of contaminants in the home.
  5. Keep it Pest-Free by sealing cracks and openings throughout the home; store food properly.
  6. Keep it Contaminant-Free by fixing deteriorated paint, testing your home from radon.
  7. Keep your Home Maintained by routinely inspecting, cleaning and repairing your home. Fix minor repairs before they become large problems.
  8. Keep an Adequate Temperature that is comfortable for everyone to reduce the risk of dealing with extreme cold or heat.

By following these 8 simple steps to a healthier home, you not only prolong the life of your family by also of your home.  Help Yourself to a Healthy Home provides valuable information to assist in making your home healthier for you and your family. For more information about National Healthy Homes Month 2017, please visit www.HUD.gov.

Looking for a new home? You can search online for available HUD homes on www.HUDHomeStore.com. This database allows you to search by state, county or zip code. For additional information on the HUD process visit www.HUD.gov

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