Environmental hazards in the home harm millions of children each year. "Healthy Homes" is a century-old idea that promotes safe, decent, and sanitary housing as a way to prevent disease and injury. Your housing conditions are directly linked to health outcomes such asthma, lead poisoning, lung cancer, and unintentional injuries. Even newer homes may have hazards lurking within.
New Hampshire has some of the oldest housing stock anywhere in the United States with 62% of its homes built before lead-based paint was banned in 1978. With these homes, there is a growing need to prevent the public health from problems that stem from aging housing. In New Hampshire, our goal is:
- To end childhood lead poisoning and create healthy homes so that every child may grow up to reach his or her full potential
Creating healthier housing can saves millions in health care costs, lost future earnings, special education costs, and juvenile justice costs associated with lead poisoning, and thousands of lost school and work days per year associated with uncontrolled asthma and injuries.
The focus of New Hampshire's Healthy Homes "One-Touch" approach is to identify health, safety, energy, and quality-of-life issues in the home environment and to eliminate these problems through the use following principles of Healthy Housing:
- Keep it dry,
- Keep it clean,
- Keep it well ventilated,
- Keep it free of contaminants,
- Keep it pest free,
- Keep it well maintained,
- Keep it safe, and
- Keep it energy efficient.
Healthy Homes Resources
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