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Healthy Homes Frequently Asked Questions

healthy_homes10.JPGQ: What is a healthy home?

There are many aspects of a healthy home. A healthy home is clean, safe, well-maintained, and well-ventilated.  A healthy home is free of pests, mold, moisture, dust, dirt, and other household contaminants.  A healthy home makes its inhabitants feel
safe and secure. 

Q: Why do I want a healthy home?

A: Much of your family’s time is spent in the home. The condition of your home can greatly affect your family and their health.  A healthy home promotes mental, physical and social well-being.  If a home is not healthy, many harmful health effects can occur.

Q: What are the health effects of an unhealthy home?

A: There are many harmful conditions and diseases related to poor housing conditions. These harmful effects include:

Carbon monoxide poisoning
Lead poisoning in children

Trip Hazard

Using Tissue

Insect/rodent bites
Lung cancer (related to indoor
tobacco smoke and radon)
Pesticide poisoning
Respiratory illness


Q: How can I make my home healthy?

A: Complete a full inspection of your home, keeping in mind the seven elements of a healthy home.

    1. Keep it dry
    2. Keep it clean
    3. Keep it safe
    4. Keep it well-ventilated
    5. Keep it pest-free
    6. Keep it contaminant-free
    7. Keep it well-maintained
Hand cleaning surface

US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
Healthy Homes Maintenance Checklist

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
Tips by Room

Q: Is a Green Home a healthy home?

A: A green home is just one aspect of a healthy home.  A green home is environmentally-friendly and efficient in using resources like water, heat, and electricity.  A green home also increases productivity, comfort and durability.  A green home, like a healthy home, has a positive impact on human health. 

For more information about making your home a green home, please visit

National Center for Healthy Housing
Green and Healthy Housing

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Green Building
Front Porch

 Q: Why should I have a healthy home inspection?

A: A healthy home inspection will increase your awareness of any hazards present in your home, provide you with tools and resources to remove those hazards, and promote your family’s health by improving the condition of your home. Education on home safety, cleanliness, maintenance, and other issues will provide you with the knowledge to make your home a place that supports wellness.

If you have any questions or concerns about the health of your home, please contact:

Mailing Address:
Ohio Department of Health
Bureau of Environmental Health and Radiation Protection
Ohio Healthy Homes and Lead Poisoning Prevention Program
246 N High St
Columbus, OH 43215

Telephone: 1-877-LEADSAFE

Fax: (614) 728-6793

Last Updated: 12/21/15