Did you know that June is National Healthy Homes Month? It was created by the U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Office to encourage people to maintain a safe and healthy living environment. With the summer months in full swing, we spend more time at home, making it the perfect time to dedicate a few hours to home maintenance. By following the 7 principles of a healthy home, you can ensure physical and mental wellness for you and your family. These principles are quick and inexpensive, making maintaining a safe and healthy home easy.
1. Keep your House Well Maintained
It is crucial to maintain your home in good condition. Any construction or structural issues should be addressed promptly, from leaky pipes to wall holes. Neglecting minor problems can lead to more significant issues in the future.
2. Keep your House Clean
Regular cleaning of your home is also essential. You can use safe and effective cleaning agents like borax, baking soda, white vinegar, isopropyl rubbing alcohol, liquid detergent, N95 masks, sponges, spray bottles, and a sweeper. Keeping your home clean can prevent upper respiratory diseases, asthma, and allergies.
3. Keep your House Dry
Prevent moisture and mold by fixing leaks and keeping your home dry. This can minimize the risk of respiratory issues and allergies.
4. Keep your House Ventilated, protecting Air Quality
Air out your home regularly, and if you smoke, be mindful of how it can contribute to sudden infant death syndrome and coronary heart disease.
5. Keep your House Pest Free
Pests like cockroaches, mice, and rats can also trigger respiratory issues and allergies. Eliminate pests by removing their sources of shelter, food, and water.
6. Keep your House Safe
Make safety a priority by investing in carbon monoxide and fire detectors. Remember that Carbon Monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that can be lethal on exposure.
7. Keep your House Contaminant Free
Lastly, removing household contaminants can also help keep your home safe. Ensure that you dispose of hazardous waste safely and keep your home’s air quality clean and healthy.
For additional information: SAFEANDHEALTHYHOME.PDF (hud.gov)
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