Heartland 2050 Healthy Homes

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The TOP 10 of OHKA Advancing Functions thanks to ASHHI

The Movement to Create Healthy Homes in the Metro Area

About Omaha Healthy Kids Alliance

8 Principles of a Healthy HomeDRYCLEANPEST-FREESAFE CONTAMINANT-FREEVENTILATEDMAINTAINEDENERGY EFFICIENT

National Center for Healthy Housing

Keep it DryDamp houses provide a nurturing environment for mold and pestsEven small gaps (between wall and baseboard) can breed moldKilling or bleaching mold does not workThere are no government standards for mold (CA does have a new law)

Keep it Pest-FreeBed bugs may be allergy triggers and exacerbate asthmaSpraying for bed bugs does not always kill themCockroaches can live for only a week without waterCockroach dander is an asthma trigger

Keep it SafeConcrete on the outside of the home can be a trip and fall hazard as well as a way to let water into the homeThe risk of child being injured as a result of a fall at home is twice the risk as at child-careAlmost every month, a child in the U.S. dies from mini-blind cord strangulation

Keep it Contaminant-Free

Chemical exposuresradonpesticides volatile organic compoundsenvironmental tobacco smokecarbon monoxidelead Exposures rates are higher indoors than outside

Keep it VentilatedMost roofs may not be properly ventedVentilation reduces household allergensFresh air supply in a home improves respiratory healthOpening your windows for 15 minutes a day can help to filter out the contaminants that may be present in your home, including radon, a leading cause of lung cancer, or formaldehyde, an air pollutant linked to leukemia

Keep it Maintained

Reduce the likelihood of household fires and carbon monoxide poisoning by having gas, oil or solid fuel heating appliances professionally serviced once a yearChange your furnace filter every 3 monthsTest your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms

Keep it Energy Efficient

In the average home, 75% of the electricity used to power home electronics is consumed while the products are turned off. (Idle power consumes more electricity than all the solar panels in America combined.)Properly designed and executed, energy-efficient new homes have been shown to improve the general and respiratory health of occupants when compared to new homes built using traditional practices. Weatherized homes are at lower risk for fires, and their residents have fewer respiratory illnesses

Before After

Before After

The Movement to Create Green and Healthy Homes in the Metro areaHave your home assessed for hazardsHave your child tested for lead and allergiesMake your own Healthy HomeVolunteer to with us to help make other Healthy HomesPartner with usCreate an infrastructure that supports Healthy Homes in the Metro areaWalk or run the Rundee August 27Attend our 10 year anniversary event May 7