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HOMES

FOR HEALTH

36 Expert Tips for a Healthier Home

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.

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1. Trust Your Sensesss
2. Kick your shoes off at the door7. Train your brain and make this the sleeproom12. Vacuum. Regularly. With HEPA.17. Cook with the exhaust hood on (and vented outdoors)22. Control moisture by exhausting air outdoors27. Measure and control radon32. Ditch the pesticides and herbicides
3. Bring in fresh air8. 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 reach23. Limit the use of air fresheners28. Do not disturb signs of asbestos33. 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 incense19. Filter your drinking water where necessary24. Detoxify cleaners and personal care products29. Dehumidify and inspect for signs of water issues34. Secure the perimeter
5. (Re)connect with nature and natural light indoors10. Keep your cool at night15. Choose furniture and carpets without harmful chemicals20. Control pests using IPM, not more pesticides25. Skip the antimicrobials30. Choose a hard floor35. Tighten up your envelope
6. Get the lead out (for homes built before 1980)11. Block out the noise16. Properly vent fireplaces and woodstoves21. Choose glassware and cast iron or ceramic cookware26. Prevent slips, trips and falls with handrails and non-slip mats31 . Solve the solvent storage issue36. Be resilient

HOMES

FOR HEALTH

36 EXPERT TIPS TO MAKE
YOUR HOME A HEALTHIER HOME

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