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  • Writer's pictureCorey Provencal

National Center for Healthy Housing (NCHH) 7 Principals of Healthy Housing.


The concept of a “Healthy Home” was pioneered by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to promote safe, decent, and sanitary housing as a means for preventing diseases and injury. The following seven principles are essential to keeping any home healthy.


KEEP IT DRY:

Damp houses provide an environment for mites, rodents, and mold which are all associated with asthma.

KEEP IT CLEAN:

Clean homes reduce pest infestation and exposures to contaminants.

KEEP IT PEST FREE:

Exposure to pests such as roaches and rodents can trigger asthma in children.

KEEP IT SAFE:

Injuries such as falls, burns and poisoning occur most often in the home.

KEEP IT CONTAMINANT FREE:

Exposure to harmful substances, such as lead, radon, pesticides, carbon monoxide, and second hand smoke are much higher indoors.

KEEP IT WELL VENTILATED:

Increasing the fresh air supply improves respiratory health.

KEEP IT WELL MAINTAINED:

Poorly maintained homes are at risk for moisture and pest problems.

John P. Lapotaire, CIEC •  Certified Indoor Environmental Consultant •  Microshield Environmental Services, LLC www.Microshield-ES.com

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