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.

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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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