“National Healthy Homes Month (NHHM) will be held for the second time during June 2017. This month-long celebration offers an opportunity to learn more about housing and its impact on health and provide resources to encourage local activities as well as empower families to protect themselves from hazards in their home. June’s outreach activities aim to greatly boost awareness and understanding of what federal and local resources are available to make a difference in the lives of all residents, regardless of where they live.”
This is the perfect time to not only look at,
- Childhood lead poisoning prevention
- Residential asthma intervention
- Injury prevention
- Smoke free public housing
- Safe indoor pest control
- Radon Safety
- Disaster Recovery
but to remember that a healthy home begins with healthy air. The air in your home can contain harmful pollutants that put you and your family at risk. Keep in mind that health effects resulting from poor indoor air quality (IAQ) can be experienced soon after exposure and sometimes not until years later. Improving your home’s indoor air quality is important to your health and the health of your loved ones. Remember:
- Secondhand smoke poses deadly health risks
- Separating smokers from nonsmokers, cleaning the air, and ventilating buildings does not eliminate exposures of nonsmokers to secondhand smoke.
- Cigarette-caused fires are the leading cause of residential fire related deaths in the United States, with 34 percent of those killed being children.
- There is no risk-free level for second-hand smoke; the only way to protect everyone is to eliminate second-hand smoking exposure.
Take time today to learn more about Second Hand Smoke.
To find out more information on Healthy Homes Month, visit the US Department of Housing and Urban Development Healthy Homes page.