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Childproofing Your Home: A Room-by-Room Safety Checklist
Nearly 2.3 million children are accidentally injured every year and more than 2,500 are killed, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Since one of the biggest threats to children is an injury occurring at home, it is important to take preventative steps to childproof your home. While this may seem like a daunting task at first, this checklist includes basic tips, broken…
Cleaning Healthy, Cleaning Green
People spend an average of 90 percent of their time indoors. Studies conducted by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) show levels of several common organic pollutants to be two to five times higher inside homes than outside. Many of these pollutants come from the volatile organic compounds (VOCs) released from household cleaning products. Indoor pollutants can be reduced by limiting the numb…
Hazardous Household Products: What's in Your House?
Our homes are filled with potentially hazardous household products we use for cleaning, gardening, auto maintenance and other activities around the house. These products may contain ingredients that can be hazardous when not used, stored and disposed of properly. You can make your home safer and healthier by reducing exposure to hazards in your home by following these tips.
Healthy Homes: Dealing with Household Clutter
Clutter is a collection of things lying around in an untidy mess, usually because we don't have a designated place for it. Household clutter has a big impact on your health and quality of life. This publication will help you asses if you have too much household clutter and then recommends ways to take charge, clear the clutter, and maintain a clutter-free home.
Home Maintenance Checklist
Just like your personal health, your home's health will decline without regular care and maintenance. Maintaining a healthy indoor environment helps increase your quality of life and the life of your house. With a few simple steps you can keep your home healthy. Use this checklist as a guideline for your regular spring and fall home maintenance evaluations. Please note that maintenance frequencies…
Leave it at the Door: A Guide to Reducing Contaminants in Your Home
There may be insect fragments, lead dust, pesticides, pollen, dust mites, animal dander, hair, human skin flakes, fungal spores, or cigarette ash in household dust. Around 30 to 40 percent of the contaminants inside your home are brought in from outdoors. Dust gets into your home on shoes and clothing, or pets can track contaminants in on their paws and fur. Not surprisingly, the greatest concentr…
Mold and Moisture Home Inspection Checklist
Mold spores need only a comfortable environment, food (like wood, paper, carpet, etc.), and moisture to grow. If left undetected or untreated, mold can lead to negative health effects such as allergic reactions, respiratory infections, and more. Use this checklist as a basic guide to inspect your home for signs of excess moisture and mold growth.
CAUTION: When investigating possible mold issues, …
Mold, the Uninvited Guest Series: Preventing Mold in Your Home
Mold in your home is not only unsightly, it can also cause health problems. If you have mold growing in your home, you may experience allergy-like symptoms, asthma attacks, or other negative health effects. No one wants to live in a home with mold, but unless preventative steps are taken, mold can go from being an unwanted visitor in your home to a permanent resident.
Molds are fungi that reprodu…
Mold, the Uninvited Guest Series: Removing Mold in Your Home
Mold grows from spores, which are found naturally in the air and cannot be seen by the naked eye. Mold spores act like seeds, causing mold to grow under the right conditions. Mold itself is usually easy to detect. While testing is sometimes used to determine the presence of mold, it is generally not necessary or recommended. Usually a quick investigation with your eyes and nose can tell you if mol…
Spanish Series: Hogares Saludables: Cómo Eliminar el Moho en su Hugar
El moho crece a partir de las esporas, que se encuentran naturalmente en el aire y no se pueden ver a simple vista. Las esporas de moho actúan como semillas, haciendo que el moho crezca si las condiciones son adecuadas. El moho suele ser fácil de detectar. Aunque es posible utilizar pruebas para determinar la presencia de moho, por lo general no es necesario o recomendado hacerlo, usted puede dete…