A Healthy Home is designed, built, and maintained to support our health.
Use this quick and easy healthy homes checklist to learn how to make your home the safest and healthiest place it can be for you and your family.
Below find additional resources and links on specific topics.
Many homes contain materials that can pose a hazard to your health. These include things like lead (in the air or water), radon, asbestos, mold and other indoor air quality issues. See the below resources and links for more information on specific topics:
Radon, in particular, can be a hidden danger in your home. It’s a radioactive gas naturally produced by the earth. But, it can seep into your home, depending on your home’s structure and the surrounding soil. Radon is the number one cause of lung cancer in non-smokers and the second leading cause of lung cancer (after tobacco) in smokers.Healthy Homes for information on many of these topics.
Food and Water
- If you live on a private well, test your water annually. See the county’s water testing page for more information.
- Visit Food Safety for more detailed information on food preparation, storage and cleanliness.
- Learn more about foodborne illness from FightBac.org.
- Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Pest Management website to learn more about integrated pest management strategies.
- Visit the Metropolitan Mosquito Control District for more information on mosquito management in the Twin Cities area.
- Visit the Reduce.org website to learn more about reading product labels, chemical storage and ways to reduce the number of chemical hazards in your home.
- Or try one of these Nontoxic Cleaners from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA)
- You can also learn more about Mercury in the home visit the MPCA website under Mercury.
- Remember, you can bring your Household Hazardous Waste, including mercury-containing items and unused medications, to the Washington County Environmental Center for safe disposal.