- Keep your home dry – repair leaks, keep the house well-ventilated, keep surfaces clean and dry, and throw away/replace items that have been wet for more than two days
- Keep your home clean – dust can trigger allergies and asthma; spilled food and liquids attract rodents and insects
- Minimize clutter – clear pathways and having good lighting help prevent falls
- Do not store combustible (easy to burn) products indoors – keep them away from heat, sparks and fire
- Keep all cleaning products, medicines, pesticides and other hazardous materials like matches out of the reach of children
- Do not smoke indoors
- Install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and check them regularly
- Test for hazards such as lead and radon; follow the advice of a professional in fixing identified hazards
- Keep emergency numbers such as poison control in or next to your phone (1-800-222-1222)
Below is more information on specific home health hazards, a questionnaire for assessing your risk and other helpful resources.
Call (260) 449-7459 with additional questions or for more information on healthy homes topics.
Healthy Homes Risk Assessment Questionnaire
The questions below will help you determine whether or not you have home hazards that need to be addressed.
Is the air in your home clean and healthy?
Are extension cords kept to a minimum and covered to avoid tripping?
Are there working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors with good batteries in the house?
Are there any signs of cockroaches, rats and mice or other pests present?
Does anyone smoke in the house?
Are there handrails present and good lighting in all areas where there are three or more steps?
Are there signs of moisture or mold in the house?
Are electrical outlets safely covered?
Is the house clean and free of clutter?
Are medications, household chemicals or other poisons stored where children can’t reach them?
Below are links to videos and publications related to healthy homes issues.
Health Begins at Home (CDC)
Healthy Homes 101 (English)
Healthy Homes 101 (Burmese)
- What Makes a Healthy Home? (ISDH)
- Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes (HUD)
- Health House (ALA)
- Environmental Hazards in the Home Brochure (DOH)
- Protecting Children’s Environmental Health (EPA)
- Children’s Environmental Health Network
- Improving Kids’ Environment (IKE)