Seven Tips for Keeping a Healthy Home
- Keep it Dry
Prevent water from entering your home through leaks in your roof and windows. Check your interior plumbing and the drainage around your home for any leaking.
- Keep it Clean
Control the source of dust and contaminants by creating smooth and cleanable surfaces, reducing clutter, and using effective cleaning methods. (Or hire Markatos Cleaning Services to do it for you!)
- Keep it Safe
Store poisons out of the reach of children. Store firearms unloaded and locked. Secure loose rugs and keep children’s play areas free from hard or sharp surfaces. Install and test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and keep fire extinguishers on hand. Check the recall list to make sure toys and other products are safe to use.
- Keep it Aired-Out
Open windows and use fans to ventilate bathrooms and kitchens. Air out the whole house to supply fresh air and reduce the concentration of contaminants in the home.
- Keep it Pest-free
All pests look for food, water, and shelter, so seal cracks and openings throughout the home and store food in pest-resistant containers. If needed, use sticky-traps and baits, and place them out of the reach of children.
- Keep it Toxic-free
Store pesticides and other chemicals in locked cabinets out of children’s reach. Test your home for radon, a naturally occurring dangerous gas. Reduce lead-related hazards in pre-1978 homes by fixing deteriorated paint, and keeping floors and window areas clean using a wet cloth.
- Keep it Well-Maintained
Inspect, clean, and repair your home routinely. Take care of minor repairs and problems before they become large repairs and problems. (Markatos Handyman Services)
For more information on how to make your home a safer and healthier place, visit: www.doh.wa.gov/healthyhomes