“National Healthy Homes Month” is here!
Posted on June 6, 2017
The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has declared the month of June as “National Healthy Homes Month.” What is a “healthy home?” Well, the answer sort of lies within this year’s them, “Just What the Doctor Ordered.” It’s a play on HUD Secretary Ben Carson’s medical background.
HUD defines a “healthy home” as “one that provides a safe and healthy environment and helps to prevent disease and injury.” In a news release, HUD described housing problems that contribute to unhealthy situations. They include:
- lead-based paint hazards;
- a dilapidated structure;
- roofing problems;
- heating, plumbing, and electrical deficiencies;
- water leaks and intrusion;
- damaged paint;
- and high radon gas levels
“National Healthy Homes Month serves as an important educational call to action,” said Jon L. Gant, Director of HUD’s Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes. “Providing families with the resources they need to keep their homes safe from potential health hazards such as lead-based paint and pests helps them to create the healthiest family and home possible.”