June 2016 is the first annual National Healthy Homes Month (NHHM) sponsored by the U.S. Health and Human Services Department (HUD). The offices of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes (OLHCHH) is coordinating this month long campaign each June to bring awareness to help families protect themselves from health hazards commonly found homes.
This year’s theme is “Everyone Deserves a Safe and Healthy Home.” NHHM plans to promote a holistic approach to creating safe and healthy homes. Each week in June, the NHHM will focus on “Principals of Healthy Homes” related to:
- Radon safety
- Nontoxic indoor pest control
- Lead poisoning prevention
- Asthma intervention in the home
- Smoke free housing
- Disaster recovery
Part of the NHHM’s goal is to influence local communities to plan events and shape policies that will foster healthier building, renovation, and maintenance information for safer, healthier homes.
The public’s growing concern over health issues associated with indoor air pollution in homes has influenced this coordinated effort by HUD. The National Healthy Home Month’s aim is to provide healthy home resources to assist consumers in understand toxicity issues and how to deal with them appropriately in their homes.