Your home should be a place of comfort and safety. It is a place where we spend more time than anywhere else, where our children live and play, where friends and family gather to celebrate, and where we seek refuge and safety. But it is estimated that over 30 million U.S. homes have significant physical problems and/or elevated levels of lead, radon, or other contaminants placing occupants at risk for potential illnesses and injuries.  Is yours one of them?

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Federal agencies are joining together to launch a new initiative Advancing Healthy Housing - A Strategy for Action to address the nation’s health and economic burdens caused by preventable hazards associated with the home. 

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

5 Minutes to a Healthier Home Infographic can be found at the Advancing Healthy Housing - A Strategy for Action​


Healthy Homes Partnership​ 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​



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