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Healthy Homes is a concept that promotes safe and healthy housing as a means for preventing disease and injury. There is a lot of scientific evidence linking health outcomes such as asthma, lead poisoning, and unintentional injuries to substandard housing. Many at-risk families are disproportionately concentrated in poor quality housing. Luckily, there are simple health and housing principles that can help you promote a healthier home environment for you and your family. By simply following the 7 Principles of a Healthy Home listed below, you can be on your way to create a safer and healthier home for your family.

7 Principals of a Healthy Home:

The City provides education on the prevention and/or reduction of household hazards for homes with children that have asthma. There are "7 Principles of a Healthy Home".

mold_11. Keep it Dry

Excess moisture creates conditions that can affect health. Look for leaky pipes or faucets.

clutter_12. Keep it Clean

Keeping a home clean includes controlling the source, reducing clutter, and using effective cleaning methods.

roach_13. Keep it Pest Free

Keep them out and give them no place to hide. Fill and seal holes, cracks and gaps to keep pests out.

Open_Window_14. Keep it Ventilated

Proper ventilation can reduce the hazards of allergens, mold and carbon monoxide.

falling_15. Keep it Safe

Unintentional injuries are accidents that can be prevented by correcting the conditions that may cause illness or injury.

chemicalsundersink_16. Keep it Contaminant Free

There are biological contaminants such as mold, and household cleaning products that can trigger asthma.

kitchen7. Keep it Maintained

Things to check: leaky plumbing, peeling and chipping paint, sewer system, heating and cooling systems, ventilation, rainwater control/drainage, structural integrity, storage and organization.

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For more information regarding Healthy Homes, please e-mail HealthyHomes@Longbeach.gov, or call (562) 570-4488.