This report outlines 36 expert tips that can be implemented to make your home healthier. It follows two previous reports – ‘The 9 Foundations of a Healthy Building’ and ‘Schools for Health: Foundations for Student Success’ – that explain the science for how healthy buildings lead to improved work and more productive school environments. Now we turn our attention to the place we spend the most time – our homes.
|WHOLE HOME||BEDROOM||LIVING ROOM||KITCHEN||BATHROOM||BASEMENT||OUTSIDE|
|1. Trust Your Sensesss|
|2. Kick your shoes off at the door||7. Train your brain and make this the sleeproom||12. Vacuum. Regularly. With HEPA.||17. Cook with the exhaust hood on (and vented outdoors)||22. Control moisture by exhausting air outdoors||27. Measure and control radon||32. Ditch the pesticides and herbicides|
|3. Bring in fresh air||8. Black out the room (and 'blue-out' your lights)||13. Don't smoke indoors (better yet, don't smoke at all)||18. Keep a fire extinguisher within easy reach||23. Limit the use of air fresheners||28. Do not disturb signs of asbestos||33. Beware of air from attached garages|
|4. Install detectors for smoke and 'the silent killer'||9. Treat the air (and yourself)||14. Stamp out the candles and incense||19. Filter your drinking water where necessary||24. Detoxify cleaners and personal care products||29. Dehumidify and inspect for signs of water issues||34. Secure the perimeter|
|5. (Re)connect with nature and natural light indoors||10. Keep your cool at night||15. Choose furniture and carpets without harmful chemicals||20. Control pests using IPM, not more pesticides||25. Skip the antimicrobials||30. Choose a hard floor||35. Tighten up your envelope|
|6. Get the lead out (for homes built before 1980)||11. Block out the noise||16. Properly vent fireplaces and woodstoves||21. Choose glassware and cast iron or ceramic cookware||26. Prevent slips, trips and falls with handrails and non-slip mats||31 . Solve the solvent storage issue||36. Be resilient|