U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Deveopment's Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes (OLHCHH) has announced the first ever National Healthy Homes Month 2016 (NHHM).
Columbus, OH - June 20, 2016
COLUMBUS, OH - In the United States today, people spend close to 90% of their time indoors. The first ever National Healthy Homes Month 2016 (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. This year’s overarching theme “Everyone Deserves a Safe and Healthy Home,” was chosen to create awareness of what it means to have a healthy home by educating families of potential health hazards in a home, and to empower people to make changes in order to create the healthiest home possible for their family.
Currently, millions of U.S. homes have moderate to severe physical housing problems, including dilapidated structure; heating, plumbing, and electrical deficiencies; water leaks and intrusion; and high radon gas levels. These conditions are associated with a wide range of health issues including respiratory illnesses like asthma, radon induced lung cancer, and aggravated allergies. The health and economic burdens from preventable hazards associated within the home are considerable, and cost billions of dollars.
National Healthy Homes Month (NHHM) was established to focus national attention on ways to keep people of all ages safe and healthy in their home.
“Having a healthy home means taking the necessary steps to protect families and communities from the inevitable dangers the environment can have on our home,” said John Becker, Operations Manager of Ohio Basement Authority, a Columbus-based company that provides basement waterproofing, foundation repair and radon mitigation services.
For more information on National Healthy Homes Month 2016 and a complete list of the Principles of a Healthy Home, please visit www.hud.gov/healthyhomes or contact Ohio Basement Authority at 614-254-6006.