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  • Healthy Homes

    Healthy starts at home.

    Your home should be the place you feel safe, happy and comfortable. But lots of dust, odors and moisture buildup isn’t good for anyone and can make some people sick.

    Unhealthy homes can lead to a wide range of health issues like:

    • Asthma and other chronic conditions.
    • Lung and other cancers.
    • Sudden infant death syndrome.
    • Lead and other poisonings.
    • Fire injuries.

    Simple, regular steps can make your home healthy and help your family thrive.

    Healthy habits

    Practice ways to improve or maintain healthy air in your home.

    Find tips in our Healthy Homes infographic, available in multiple languages:
    EnglishSpanish | Korean | Vietnamese | Tagalog | Russian | Simplified Chinese.

    Daily

    • Turn on the bathroom fan while you take a bath or shower.
    • Put trash in garbage cans (don’t allow to build up).
    • Wipe countertops in the kitchen, bathroom and laundry room.
    • Keep floors dry and clean.

    Weekly

    • Change and wash bedding.
    • Sweep and clean floors. Vacuum carpet with HEPA filter. 
    • Clean bathrooms and kitchens.
    • Remove clutter. Dust surfaces of furniture and blinds.

    Monthly

    • Check your air filter and replace if necessary. Replace every 3 months.
    • Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Change batteries every 6 months.
    • Trim trees and bushes. Clear leaves and debris from around your home and roof.
    • Check for water leaks, inspect sump pump (if applicable).

    Every 6 months

    • Clean your gutters of leaves and debris.
    • Clean your kitchen exhaust fan and filter.
    • Test your GFCI outlets.
    • Check all locks and deadbolts on your doors and windows.

    Yearly

    • Treat deck or patio for mold and mildew.
    • Deep clean and inspect your basement.
    • Inspect screens and replace any that have holes.
    • Inspect roof for cracks, leaks, or broken shingles/tiles.

    Questions?

    Contact us at HealthyHomes@tpchd.org.

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