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Keep your family healthy in a healthy home

Keep your home free of germs.
Keep your home free of germs.National Institutes of Health

April is Healthy Homes month, which coincides with many people's spring cleaning activities and transitioning from winter into summer.

Here are some tips to keep your home healthy for your entire family:

  • If you home was built before 1978, have it tested for lead-based paint by a licensed professional. Lead paint can cause mental retardation and serious illness, especially in children.
  • Keep your home dry, clean and pest-free, which helps reduce asthma and allergy symptoms.
  • Store food and water in sealed containers and clean up spilled food right away to help keep pests out of your home.
  • Seal garbage containers.
  • Keep hazardous household products stored out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Make your home safe from slips, trips, and falls by removing clutter, rugs and slippery surfaces.
  • Install handrails near stairs.
  • Set your water heater at 120°F to avoid scalds and burns.
  • Install carbon monoxide detectors and smoke alarms on each level of your home and near sleeping areas.
  • Test your home for radon, it’s easy and inexpensive.
  • Make your home a "no smoking zone."

For more information, visit Columbus Public Health.

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