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A Healthier Home

A Healthier Home

By Chris Strub

Everyone knows a balanced diet, consistent exercise and sufficient sleep are major contributors to your family's health. But have you thought about how your home itself may be adversely affecting your well-being?

These simple home tips from the Center for Disease Control can help you make your family healthier - and safer.

  • Kitchen:

Prevent fires by keeping flammable objects away from the stove.
Wash your hands frequently to prevent cross-contamination.
Place smoke alarms in the kitchen and cook with care.

  • Bathroom:

Install grab bars in showers and tubs and next to toilets; use nonslip mats in bathtubs, showers and on floors.
Dispose of expired medicines promptly and properly.
Keep cleaning products out of the reach of children.

  • Laundry Room:

Vent your clothes drier outside the home to prevent old and mildew.
Wash sheets and blankets in hot water once a week to reduce asthma triggers.

  • Basement:

Test your home for radon gas. If levels exceed the U.S. EPA action leve, install a radon mitigation system.
Have gas appliances professional installed, vented outside and checked annually for carbon monoxide leaks.
Control rodents and insects by sealing holes and gaps in floors and walls to keep pests out.
Keep water heater temperature at 120 degrees F to prevent scalds.

  • Yard:

Know if you have a septic tank. If so, properly maintain it to prevent illness.
Remove litter, tall grass and brush to eliminate rodent and wild animal nesting sites outside your home.
Keep gutters clear and get rid of old tires and other containers that collect water where mosquitoes breed.

For more information on how to maintain a healthy home, visit Specific tips are available for parents with young children, people with disabilities and older adults.