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Federal Agencies Hold First Healthy Homes Summit

Posted by John on September 23rd, 2008

Last week four federal agencies held their first Healthy Homes Summit in Baltimore. The goal of the summit was to promote the building of healthy homes free of lead, chemicals, mold, moisture, and pests.

“Health doesn’t happen in the hospital. It happens at home,” says Julie Gerberding, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Our goal isn’t to be Big Brother, but people are asking for advice and information.”

The Healthy Home initiative began a decade ago with efforts to remove poisonous lead from homes, and now it’s merging with energy-efficient and greeen building efforts.

“We’ve hit a home run with lead,” says Jon Gant of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The number of children with lead poisoning fell from 890,000 in 1992 to 310,000 in 2002. The Healthy Homes Initiative hopes to have similar success with other indoor health problems.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has developed a new seal program similar to the Energy Star program; the new seal will be called the Indoor Air Package, which will be given to homes that use certain techniques to protect against radon, pests, and pollutants. The goal of the Indoor Air Package program is to achieve energy efficiency without sacrificing health.

But you don’t have to wait on federal guidelines to create a healthy home; you can improve your indoor health today!

See the following informative posts to get started:

HEPA air purifiersIf you don’t have an air purifier in your home, put that on your to-do list! HEPA air purifiers are practically maintenance-free, and they work continuously to rid your home of allergens, germs, and toxins.

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