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Healthy Homes

Everyone needs a Healthy Home and some of the most serious health problems for children start in their home. However, making our homes healthy can be as easy as taking Seven Tips for Keeping a Healthy Home.

There are special reasons to think about children:

  • Children's bodies are still growing. For their size, children eat more food, drink more water and breathe more air than adults.
  • Children play and crawl on the ground and put their fingers into their mouths.
  • Children depend on adults to make their homes safe.

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Does someone in your home suffer from allergies or asthma?

Asthma and Seasonal Allergies are controllable by learning how to clean and what to avoid. Reduce common household triggers such as Mold, Carbon Monoxide, Pollen, Dust Forecast, cleaning products, cockroaches, fragrances (air fresheners), and tobacco smoke.


Should you be concerned about mold?

  • Mold produces spores, tiny flecks, that float in the air. When you breathe, these spores get into your lungs and can cause health problems.
  • Mold grows quickly, so fix moisture problems in your home right away.
  • Dry or throw away anything (carpeting, etc.) that has been soaked.
  • Repair leaking roofs.
  • Vent your dryer to the outside. Install a vent in your bathroom.

Can your children be poisoned by lead in your home?

  • Do you live in an older home? Was your home built before 1978?
  • Homes built before 1950 are most likely to have lead paint.
  • Is there peeling or chipping paint in your home?
  • Some house paint and water pipes contain lead.
  • Lead poisoning can cause problems with learning, growth and behavior.
  • Young children put their hands and lots of other things in their mouths, so they can easily eat dust or paint chips.

Strategic Planning Advisory Workgroup

A group of science educators, seeking to improve pest control in affordable housing by teaching everyone who works, lives, and plays in housing how to use integrated pest management.

The New Mexico Strategic planning advisory workgroup was established to strategically address healthy home priorities in the state. The group works to develop a plan to increase statewide capacity to holistically approach health outcomes associated with housing. This advisory workgroup aims to increase primary prevention capacity to address lead and asthma issues, as well as mold and radon concerns.

Goal

Reduce or eliminate housing-related hazards to promote housing that is healthy, safe, affordable, and accessible.

Focus

Asthma, lead, mold and radon.

Support

Interested in supporting SPAG? Contact Alex Gallegos at 505-827-0880 to find out how!

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