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What Is A
Healthy Home?

A Healthy Home is safe, clean, dry, contaminant-free, ventilated, pest-free, maintained, and energy-efficient.

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Housing and Health Are Connected

A Healthy Home promotes the growth and development of children by making direct connections between quality housing and health outcomes. A growing body of evidence links housing issues to serious health problems such as asthma, lead poisoning, cancer, and injuries.

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Lead is One of the Most Significant Environmental Hazard to Kids

A Healthy Home minimizes the risks of poisoning caused by lead-contaminated paint, water, soil, and other sources. Children exposed to lead can develop learning disabilities and challenges that contribute to behavioral problems.

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8 Ways To Make Your Home Healthier

Learn How You Can Make Your Home Healthier

  1. Keep it Dry: Excess moisture can contribute to mold growth and trigger asthma, allergies and potential respiratory problems.
  2. Keep it Clean: Control sources of dust and contaminants by creating smooth and cleanable surfaces, reducing clutter, and using effective, wet cleaning methods.
  3. Keep it Pest-Free: Exposure to mice and cockroaches can cause asthma episodes in children. However, chemical remedies for pest infestations can cause health problems, too. The use of non-toxic pest control is best, especially when children are present in the home.
  4. Keep your Home Safe: Store chemicals where they are not accessible to kids. Make sure smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are installed.
  5. Keep it Contaminant-Free: These include lead, radon, pesticides, volatile organic compounds, and environmental tobacco smoke. Exposure to asbestos particles, radon gas, carbon monoxide, and second-hand tobacco smoke are far higher indoors than outside.
  6. Keep it Ventilated: Studies show that increasing the fresh air supply in a home improves respiratory health. Use appropriate furnace filters and change them seasonally.
  7. Keep it Maintained: Inspect, clean and repair your home routinely.
  8. Keep it Energy Efficient: An energy efficient home is more comfortable, saves you money, and is green. 

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Why Healthy Homes Matter In Omaha

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Children need more than just education to be successful; they need a healthy home environment so that they can become the best versions of themselves.

– Shannon Melton, Director of Health Programs