Do you have kids at home? Well then it’s time to get with the program! The Healthy Homes Program, established by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), was designed to protect families, and particularly those with children, from household health hazards.
Don’t think you have any potentially deadly hazards in your home? Think again. Our homes can be havens for mold, dust, allergens and other particles that exacerbate asthma and can even have fatal effects on small children. Carbon monoxide, lead, radon, pesticides and chemicals are other common household toxins you need to be aware of. Use tools like a carbon monoxide detector and childproof cabinet locks to make sure your kids are protected from household dangers.
The Healthy Homes Program addresses many of these home environmental health and safety issues, awarding federal grants to organizations, governments, Indian tribes and colleges. The grants focus on providing inexpensive, effective assessment and intervention methods for home hazards, in addition to public education aimed at minimizing housing-related health problems.
If you’re interested in finding out more about these grants, or in learning more about home health hazards, visit the HUD’s Healthy Homes Program website.
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Home is Where the Health Is is written & published by Thompson Plumbing Heating & Cooling
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