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  • Throw Back Thursday Children who become lead poisoned even at low levels have shows decreased IQ, behavior problems, and decreased academic achievement. Lead poisoning is linked to the decline of the Roman Empire ...
    Posted Oct 23, 2014, 7:04 AM by Ruby Perin
  • National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week The week of October 19th through the 25th is National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week. Lead poisoning is preventable 100% of the time, yet we still find approximately half a million ...
    Posted Oct 22, 2014, 10:04 AM by Ruby Perin
  • Apply now for the Lead Hazard Control Grant Lead poisoning is 100% preventable. LCPH in partnership with the City of Cedar Rapids was awarded a Lead Hazard Control grant from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development ...
    Posted Oct 22, 2014, 9:16 AM by Ruby Perin
  • It's National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week It's National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week. The number on cause of childhood lead poisoning in lead-based paint. About 60% of Linn County's housing stock was built prior ...
    Posted Oct 22, 2014, 9:18 AM by Ruby Perin
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What is a healthy home?


The healthy house picture shows the seven principles of a healthy home, keep it maintained, pest free, clean, dry, safe, well-ventilated, and contaminant free.  If these principles are applied, you can have a healthy home whether you live in a newly constructed home or one built over 100 years ago.


EPA offers a virtual tour of indoor air quality issues found in your home  Click here to take the tour.


Mission Statement:

Linn County Healthy Homes supports families in their desire to have a healthy and safe living environment through promotion of healthy homes concepts in the community by means of education, assessment, and collaboration. 

                  
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Seven Principles of a Healthy Homes

  • Keep me Maintained:  Poorly maintained homes are at risk for fall and trip injuries, moisture intrusion, and pest problems.  Deteriorated paint in older housing (pre-1978) can present a lead-based paint hazard.  Each year, 1,100 to 1,500 children are newly diagnosed as lead poisoned.  
  • Keep me Pest Free:  Cockroaches and mice are asthma triggers.  Pests can contaminate food and destroy property.  Pesticides used to treat cockroaches, mice, and bedbugs can exacerbate health problems.  Americans use more than a billion pounds of pesticides each year.  Every 13 seconds in the U.S., a poison control center answers a call about a possible poisoning.  More than 90% of these exposures occur in the home.
  • Keep me Clean:  Dust mites are an asthma trigger.  Clutter provides food and harborage for some pests and can present a trip hazard. 
  • Keep me Dry:  Damp houses provide a nurturing environment for mites, roaches, rodents, and mold, all of which can be asthma triggers.  
  • Keep me Safe:  Falls are the leading cause of non-fatal injuries for all children ages 0 to 19.  Every day, approximately 8,000 children in the U.S. are treated in emergency departments for fall related injuries.  This adds up to approximately 2.8 million children each year.   
  • Keep me Ventilated:  Increasing the fresh air supply in a home helps improve respiratory health.
  • Keep me Contaminant Free:  Chemical exposures include radon, carbon monoxide, pesticides, volatile organic compounds, and environmental tobacco smoke.  


 






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