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Healthy Home Environment

Advice for Healthy Homes
From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), tips for indoor air quality, injury prevention, water safety, food safety, and poisoning prevention.  Includes advice on identifying hazards, tips and solutions, and related links.

Healthy Housing Reference Manual
From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a comprehensive manual covering many home health hazards.   Includes basic principles of healthy housing as well as detailed information on indoor air pollutants and toxic materials, heating, air-conditrioning, ventilation, water quality issues, and more.
Readable online or as a PDF download.

Guide to Indoor Air Quality
From the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission.  An extensive guide to indoor air pollution problems from oil, gas, kerosene, coal, wood, and tobacco products; building materials and furnishings, asbestos-containing insulation, damp carpets, pressed wood cabinets and furniture, household cleaning products, personal care products, central heating and cooling systems, and humidifiers.  Also includes suggestions and links for improving indoor air quality in homes, apartments, and  offices.

Healthy Housing
From the National Center for Healthy Housing (NCHH), a national nonprofit providing information about a wide range of health hazards in homes and what to do about them. Topics include ventilation and indoor air quality, asbestos, lead, moisture and mold problems, radon, dust, pesticides, arsenic-treated wood, carbon monoxide, and more.

Home Health Hazards
From the University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension Service, information about air-related home hazards.  Includes recommendations on air cleaners, asthma triggers, attic insulation and asbestos, carbon monoxide, second-hand tobacco smoke, dirty ducts, electro-magnetic fields (EMF), fiberglass insulation, freon, furnace filters, gas appliance venting, ozone, and more.

Connection Between Health & Homes
From the office of the Surgeon General, information about how indoor air quality and water quality, how housing design and structure can contribute to health and safety, and health risks associated with residential chemicals, lead-based paints, noise, second-hand smoke, and other environmental factors.

Preventing Moisture & Mold Problems
From WebMD, information about moisture and mold, who is at risk for allergies and other health problems, and tips for controlling mold growth in the home.

Home Health Hazards Affecting Children
From the American Academy of Pediatrics, information for parents about protecting children from environmental hazards in homes. Covers asbestos, carbon monoxide, cleaning products, lead, and mold - as well as specific steps parents can take to avoid problems.  In English and Spanish.

Home Energy Upgrade Tips
From the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), download  Healthy Indoor Environment Protocols for Home Energy Upgrades - a manual.in PDF form. Includes extensive information about heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning (HVAC) equipment as well as contaminants such as wood smoke, radon, lead, mold, tobacco smoke, carbon monoxide, and pests.

Home Environmental Health Risks
From the American Nurses Association, information about home environmental health risks and the pollution of indoor residential air that can cause injury and exacerbate illness, particularly in vulnerable populations such as pregnant women, infants, children, the elderly, and those living with a chronic medical condition or disability.

Green and Healthy Homes
From the Coalition to End Childhood Lead Poisoning, a nonprofit organization that provides information for families about childhood lead poisoning and other home health hazards including radon, asbestos, volatile organic compounds (VOC), pests, tobacco smoke, carbon monoxide, mold, and moisture.


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Lead Paint Information
From the US Department of Housing Development (HUD), information about the hazards of lead paint, how to reduce lead hazards when remodeling, and brochures in English and Spanish.

Lead Paint Dangers for Children
From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a range of information for parents to prevent childhood lead exposure and poisoning.

Arsenic-Treated Wood Dangers
From the National Center for Healthy Housing,, information about the health risks of exposure to arsenic-treated wood used in decks, children's play sets, and picnic tables - and how to avoid or reduce exposure.

Home Moisture Issues
From the University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension Service, information about moisture problems in the home and solutions. Topics include attic ventilation, condensation on windows and other surfaces, using dehumidifiers, musty smells, vapor barriers, seasonal humidity levels, crawl space ventilation, and mold.

Mold and Moisture Problems
From the US Department of Housing Development(HUD), information about how mold and moisture in the home can affect health and how to prevent and get rid of mold and moisture problems.

9 Home Health Hazards
From GreenHome, a commercial site originally developed in partnership with the Sierra Club, offering information on radon, volatile organic compounds, plastic consumer products, lawn and garden pesticides and herbicides, mold, dust mites, and more.

6 Home Health Hazards
From US News and World Report, an article about carpet mold and fungus, contaminated water pitcher filters, plug-in air fresheners, toxic ammonia cleaners, toothpaste toxins, and poisonous fumes from furniture polish.

Environmental Health Hazards
From the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, information about chemicals in the environmental that may cause adverse health effects and diseases.

  NYS Healthy Homes
From the NYS Department of Health.  Information about common housing hazards and conditions as well as a large collection of fact sheets and related publications.

  Drinking Water Safety
From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Information about tap water contamination - with related links.

From the National Library of Medicine. You can search and learn about toxic chemicals and environmental health risks in your home, workplace, and neighborhood.  Search by chemicals and products, where you live, and even explore disaster scenarios.

Indoor Air Quality in the Workplace
From the US Department of Labor/Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA).  Information about indoor air quality issues in offices, schools, and other workplaces with links to brochures, posters, and related documents for employees and employers in several languages.  

 Environmental/Work/Home Hazards
HazMap is a federal database about chemicals and biologic substances in the environment, in the workplace, and with certain hobbies.  Data covers 2000 chemical agents and 225 occupational diseases.  You can search by symptom, disease, or job type.

  Safety Risks in Homes & Communities
From the National Safety Council. Information about a broad range of causes of unintentional injury and death from risks in your home, risks on the road, and seasonal and recreational activities.

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