Some of the easiest hazards to overlook are built right into our homes. Water leaks and intrusion, pests, damaged paint, and radon gas are associated with a wide range of health conditions—including unintentional injuries, respiratory illness, asthma, lead poisoning and cancer, respectively. These health effects, days children lose from learning at school, and lost productivity in the labor force are a few examples of the impacts of housing-based hazards that result in billions of dollars in federal, community, business, and individual costs.
Advancing Healthy Housing – A Strategy for Action shows how federal agencies and our partners are working collaboratively and comprehensively on preventing health threats associated with the home environment. Although they are working hard on your behalf to prevent major housing-related exposures and hazards, you must do your part to make sure your home is safe.
Please take time to do the research to determine how to make your house a safer and healthier home. To learn more please visit www.HUD.gov/healthyhome.
5 Minutes to a Healthier Home Infographic can be found at the Advancing Healthy Housing - A Strategy for Action
Healthy Homes Partnership http://www.healthyhomespartnership.net/Pages/default.aspx) is another website with information about healthy homes. A network of Extension state coordinators have partnered with state agencies, medical professionals, schools, and community groups to educate families on home health hazards. Links to the resouces can be found at the site.
Submitted by Laura B. Booth, MEd, HHS, Administrator III - Outreach Programs, 219-B Duncan Hall, Auburn University, AL 36849, Telephone 334-844-5638, Email email@example.com
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