Critical Rx For a Healthy Home

May 31, 2016

Not feeling well, but can’t figure out what is wrong? Some people have health issues and may not realize their personal wellness and the health of their home are interconnected.

By giving your home a health check-up, you may be preventing diseases and other hazards from hurting you and your family. Poor indoor air quality, mold, radon, carbon monoxide, and lead paint are just a few of the home health issues that could potentially trigger asthma, possibly cause lung cancer or lead poisoning.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has designated June as Healthy Home Month and is encouraging everyone to do a home review. You may already use smoke detectors as one safety measure, but there are other ways to improve the wellbeing of your living space without breaking the bank.

Get tips on how to give your home a check-up to ensure it is fit. Then check out other “prescriptions” to fix your home’s health such as:

  • Ordering a radon test kit to see if you need to install a radon mitigation system

  • Using a carbon monoxide device to detect CO gas

  • Checking to make sure air vents go outside and are not clogged

  • Sealing cracks to prevent bugs and animals from entering

Personal health and home health go hand in hand. By identifying the weaknesses in your home’s health as outlined in this video, you can address the problems to make it safe and healthy for you and your family.

Throughout June, we will be sharing more tips on ways to keep your home healthy via Facebook and Twitter. Have more questions about environmental health? Contact your state environmental office.

Let USAGov be your guide for other areas of your life at USA.gov/explore.

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