Principles to Make Homes Healthier for Families
Which would you
choose: to live in a home you could afford, or one that is healthy for your
family? Sadly, too many families in America are forced with that decision every
believes our communities should make homes available to families that are
affordable and healthy. "Healthy Homes" is a century-old concept that
promotes safe, decent, and sanitary housing as a means for preventing disease
and injury. There is a lot of emerging scientific evidence linking health
outcomes such as asthma, lead poisoning, and unintentional injuries to sub
standard housing. And, there are more than 6 million sub standard housing units
nationwide. Help Yourself to a Healthy Home provides valuable information to
assist in making your home healthier for you and your family.
it's not just older homes that contain hazards. Even newer expensive homes may
have hazards lurking within. Creating healthier housing promotes the healthy
growth and development of children and has the potential to save billions in
health care costs. Everyone needs a healthy home and some of the most serious
health problem s for children start in their home. There are special reasons to
think about children:
bodies are still growing.
their size, children eat more food, drink more water and breathe more air than
adults. Children play and crawl on the ground and put their fingers into their
depend on adults to mak e their homes safe.
what can you do?
there are some really simple ways to help make your home a healthier place for
you and your family. By following the Seven Healthy Homes Principles below, you
can help make your home a healthier place to live in.
Follow the Seven Healthy Homes Principles
1. Keep your home
houses provide a nurturing environment for termites, roaches, rodents, and
molds, all of which are associated with asthma.
2. Keep your home
homes help reduce pest infestations and exposure to contaminants.
3. Keep your home
studies show a causal relationship between exposure to mice and *** roaches
and asthma episodes in children; yet inappropriate treatment for pest
infestations can exacerbate health problem s, since pesticide residues in homes
pose risks for neurological dam age and cancer.
4. Keep your home
majority of injuries among children occur in the home. Falls are the most
frequent cause of residential injuries to children, followed by injuries from
objects in the home, burns, and poisonings.
5. Keep your home
exposures include lead, radon, pesticides, volatile organic com pounds, and
environmental tobacco smoke. Exposures to asbestos particles, radon gas, carbon
monoxide, and second-hand tobacco smoke are far higher indoors than outside.
6. Keep your home
show that increasing the fresh air supply in a home improves respiratory
7. Keep your home
homes are at risk for moisture and pest problems. Deteriorated lead-based paint
in older housing is the primary cause of lead poisoning, which affects some
240,000 U.S. children.
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