Healthy Homes

Our homes fulfill many of our daily needs. Most people spend at least half their day inside their home. Because we spend so much time at home, it needs to be a safe environment to eat, play, and raise our families. Unfortunately, our homes can sometimes make us sick.

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.

Hidden Dangers

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:

Visit the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) website under 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


Chemical Safety

  • Visit the 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.
If you have questions about healthy homes topics, please call our department at 651-430-6655.