Millions Are Harmed by Unsafe and Un-healthy Homes Says CDC

TopBanner_272pxWhether you are wrapping up spring cleaning or thinking about summer plans, there is no time like the present to dedicate yourself to keeping you and your family healthy, and it may be easier than you think.  Unsafe and un-healthy homes continue to harm the health of millions of Americans so the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has some tips to get you on the right track. The following suggestions look at some current common problems and offer simple solutions:

Problem: For children, fire, suffocation, firearms, drowning and poisoning are the leading causes of injury deaths at home.

  • Solutions:
    • Install and maintain smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.
    • Make sure that cribs, playpens and play equipment are safe and always keep a crib free of soft objects or loose bedding.
    • If you have a swimming pool, install 4-sided isolation fencing around the pool with a self-closing, self-latching gate.
    • In homes with young children, control or eliminate leadbased paint hazards and lock up products used for cleaning, car maintenance, gardening, and pest control.
    • Set the water heater at 120°F to prevent burns

Problem: Exposure to dust mites and mold aggravate asthma and results in increased health costs each year.

Solutions

  • Ensure proper ventilation in the attic and bathroom to prevent excessive moisture that can promote mold growth.
  • Wash sheets and blankets in hot water weekly and use mattress and pillow covers to reduce asthma triggers and attacks.
  • Vent the clothes dryer outside the home to prevent mold and mildew.
  • Vacuum carpets to remove allergens that trigger asthma attacks and allergic reactions.
  • Use integrated pest management strategies

Problem: Falls are the leading cause of home injury deaths. The cost of fall injuries for people 65 and older exceeds $19 billion annually.

  • Solutions:
    •  Remove any items that can be tripped over (such as papers, books, clothes and shoes) from stairs and place where you walk.
    • Good lighting can make a difference. Keep everything well lit.
    • Install grab bars in bathrooms.

For more information and tips visit www.cdc.gov/healthyhomes.