Keep your home healthy for your family by following the eight recommended Healthy Homes Principles!
- Keep it Dry.
Prevent water from entering your home through leaks in roofing systems, rain water from entering the home due to poor drainage, and check your interior plumbing for any leaks. Damp houses can provide a prime environment for mold growth; a known asthma trigger. Visit our Mold and Flood Recovery pages for more information.
- Keep it Clean.
Control the source of dust and contaminants, creating smooth and cleanable surfaces, reducing clutter, and using effective wet-cleaning methods. Clutter can provide food and harborage for some pests. Visit our Bed Bugs & Other Pests page for more information.
- Keep it Safe.
Store poisons out of the reach of children and properly label. Secure loose rugs and keep children’s play areas free from hard or sharp surfaces. Install smoke alarms and Carbon Monoxide detectors and keep fire extinguishers on hand.
- Keep it Well-Ventilated.
Ventilate bathrooms and kitchens and use whole house ventilation for supplying fresh air to reduce the concentration of contaminants in the home.
- Keep it Pest-Free.
All pests look for food, water and shelter. Seal cracks and openings throughout the home; store food in pest-resistant containers. If needed, use sticky-traps and baits in closed containers, along with least toxic pesticides such as boric acid powder. Visit our Bed Bugs & Other Pests page for more information.
- Keep it Contaminant-Free.
Reduce lead-related hazards in pre-1978 homes by fixing deteriorated paint, and keeping floors and window areas clean using wet-cleaning approach. Test your home for radon, a naturally occurring dangerous gas that enters homes through soil, crawlspaces, and foundation crack. Install a radon removal system if levels above the EPA action-level are detected. Chemical exposures may include carbon monoxide, pesticides, volatile organic compounds, and tobacco smoke. Visit our Radon page for more information and low cost options to test your home. Visit our Lead Hazard Control Program and Lead Poisoning Prevention pages for more information for lead.
- Keep Your Home Maintained.
Inspect, clean and repair your home routinely. Take care of minor repairs and problems before they become large repairs and problems. Cook and handle food safely in your home. Keep your refrigerator’s temperature at 40 degrees or less. Visit our Food Safety page for more information.
- Thermally Controlled.
Houses that do not maintain adequate temperatures may place the safety of residents at increased risk from exposure to extreme cold or heat.
Phone numbers to program into your phone:
- National Poison Control Hotline: 1-800-222-1222
- National Pesticide Information Center: 1-800-858-7378
- Healthy Families Line: 1-800-369-2229
- Radon Hotline: 1-800-557-2366
- Safe Drinking Water Hotline: 1-800-426-4791