"The connection between health and dwelling is one of the most important that exists" Florence Nightingale
Historically, the City of Evanston Health & Human Services Department's focus has been lead in homes built prior to 1978. Recently Healthy Homes, a program developed by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the United States Department of Urban Development (USHUD) has caused the department to look at all the parts of a home that influence the health of those inside.
Healthy Homes is made up of of seven principles to keep your home safe, derived from the National Center for Healthy Housing (NCHH):
- Keep it Dry: Prevent water from entering your home through leaks in the roof, rain water from entering the home due to poor drainage, and check your plumbing for leaks. Moisture in your home can be a source of mold.
- Keep it Clean: Control the Source of dust and contaminants, creating smooth and cleanable surfaces, reducing clutter, and using effective wet-cleaning methods.
- Keep it Safe: Store poisons out of the reach of children and properly label. Secure loose rugs and keep children's play areas free from hard or sharp surfaces. Install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and keep fire extinguishers on hand.
- Keep it Well-Ventilated: Ventilate bathrooms and kitchens and use whole house ventilation for supplying fresh air to reduce the concentration of contaminants in the home.
- Keep it Pest-Free: All pests look for food, water and shelter. Seal cracks and openings throughout the home; store food in pest resistan containers. If needed, use sticky-traps and baits in closed containers, along with least toxic pesticides.
- Keep it Contaminant-Free: Reduce lead-related hazards in pre- 1978 homes by fixing deteriorated paint, and keeping floors and window areas clean using a wet- cleaning approach. Test your home for radon, a naturally occurring dangerous gas that enters homes through soil, crawlspaces, and foundation cracks.
- Keep it Maintained: Inspect, clean and repair your home routinely, call the Community Development Department to find out if you need a Building Permit. Take care of minor repairs and problems before they become large repairs and problems.
Call the Health & Human Services Department at 847/859.7831 for more information or click the link below to the CDC's Healthy Homes Page.
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