(with apologies to Clement Moore)
‘Twas the month before Christmas, and all through the house,
While checking for safety, I tried not to grouse.
The National Center for Healthy Housing, in partnership with the American Public Health Association, recently unveiled a new National Healthy Housing Standard. The standard includes public health and safety protections related to plumbing; safety; lighting and electrical systems; heating, ventilation, and energy efficiency; moisture a
EPA developed the Event Planning Kit to equip state and local asthma programs to hold community-based asthma awareness and action events during Asthma Awareness Month. View it here:
National Radon Month, in January of each year, is focused on raising awareness about the dangers of high radon levels in homes. Radon is one of the leading causes of lung cancer in the world, along with smoking and secondhand smoke. http://www.radonmonth.org
Good health starts at home! Protecting the health of children from home indoor dangers is a top priority for HUD’s Office of Healthy Homes Lead Hazard Control (OHHLHC): http://blog.hud.gov/index.php/2012/10/19/hud-celebrates-childrens-health-month/
Seven Tips for Keeping a Healthy Home: http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/do
A new illustrated, 81-page guide that will help affordable housing managers, owners or anyone seeking to integrate IPM practices in housing. IPM is the coordinated use of information about pests, the environment and best control methods to manage pests. Great pictures and the latest recommendations for control of bed bugs, cockroaches, rodents and other pests.
A Coordinated Federal Action Plan to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Asthma Disparities.
There are many environmental triggers which can make asthma worse. The top 5 indoor environmental triggers are: secondhand smoke, dust, mold, pest problems and pets. For more information on asthma, visit EPA's asthma web site: http://www.epa.gov/asthma/
Dr. Gina Peek, with Oklahoma State Extension, gives tips on how to inspect, repair and stock your storm shelter BEFORE the tornado warning is issued. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KiQ2oOpVxPk
One of the best ways to prevent allergy and asthma triggers in the home is to wash your sheets and dry them in a very hot dryer. Try to do this at least once per week. The hot dryer will kill dust mites which are highly allergenic to many people. Also encase your mattresses and pillows in zippered covers to protect against dust mites, bed bugs and pet dander. http://finance.yahoo.com/news/quick-cures-q
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, together with the Department of Energy, created the Energy Star program to improve energy efficiency. It was launched in 1992 and last year Americans saved over $23 billion on energy bills by using Energy Star labelled products.
The Healthy Homes Partnership is a collaboration of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Department
of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Alabama Cooperative Extension System at Auburn University.