BUREAU OF ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
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".
1. Keep it Dry
Excess moisture creates conditions that can affect health. Look for leaky pipes or faucets.
2. Keep it Clean
Keeping a home clean includes controlling the source, reducing clutter, and using effective cleaning methods.
3. 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.
4. Keep it Ventilated
Proper ventilation can reduce the hazards of allergens, mold and carbon monoxide.
5. Keep it Safe
Unintentional injuries are accidents that can be prevented by correcting the conditions that may cause illness or injury.
6. Keep it Contaminant Free
There are biological contaminants such as mold, and household cleaning products that can trigger asthma.
7. 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.
For more information regarding Healthy Homes, please e-mail HealthyHomes@Longbeach.gov, or call (562) 570-4488.