June is National Healthy Homes Month

National Healthy Homes Month (NHHM), created by HUD’s Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes (OLHCHH), is an outreach campaign designed to help people connect the dots between their health and their home.

In the U.S. today, people spend close to 90% of their time indoors. A healthy home is important to homeowners, renters, older persons, children, and others regardless of race, income, education, or social status.

National Healthy Homes Month focuses on the importance of home assessments, and the impact awareness can have on your health; and to provide resources and support to drive families to take action to create the healthiest home possible for themselves and their family.

Currently, millions of U.S. homes have moderate to severe physical housing problems including:

  • Dilapidated structure
  • High radon gas levels
  • Roofing problems
  • Heating, plumbing, and electrical deficiencies
  • Water leaks and intrusion
  • Pests
  • Damaged paint

These conditions are associated with a wide range of health issues, including unintentional injuries, respiratory illnesses like asthma and radon-induced lung cancer, and lead poisoning. The health and economic burdens from preventable hazards associated within home are considerable, and cost billions of dollars. Read More

Source: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

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