Is your home healthy and safe? Are there hazards that could be making your family sick? Take this short quiz to determine if your home has any potential hazards and what you can do to address them.

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Children are more at risk from home health hazards.



Do you have young children living in your home or visiting often?

Asthma is the number one reason children miss school in the US.



If you answered yes, has any child missed school due to asthma episodes in the past year?

20% of children and 18% of adults in Springfield have asthma. Asthma ER visit rates are 3 times higher than that of the state and more than double the national rate.



Have any of these children been to the emergency room or hospitalized due to asthma-related illness in the past year?
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Lead paint was outlawed in 1978, but many older homes still have lead paint.



Was the property in which you live built before 1978? If your home was built before 1978, is there chipping, flaking and/or peeling lead paint anywhere in the home?
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Lead poisoning causes learning disabilities, hearing and memory problems, aggressive behavior, attention deficit issues, and many other irreversible cognitive problems for children and adults.



Have all young children living in or visiting your home been tested for potential lead poisoning?
Mold and Mositure Ceiling

Water leaks and standing water can cause mold; mold often causes asthma episodes for children and adults.



Is there standing water or mold in your home?

Droppings left by insects and rodents are very potent asthma triggers.



 

Do you have roaches, mice, rats or other pests in your home?
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Poorly sealed doors and windows make your home less efficient and often result in higher energy bills.



Are your windows and doors drafty and allowing air to leak in or out of the house?
Extreme heat and cold, as well as poor indoor air quality cause or complicate multiple health conditions, including asthma and allergies.

Extreme heat and cold, as well as poor indoor air quality cause or complicate multiple health conditions, including asthma and allergies.



Does your home have insulation in the attic and/or walls?
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Exhaust fumes from cars left running in attached garages can leak into homes causing serious illness.



Does your home have an attached garage? If so, is the wall and ceiling between the garage and home sealed and insulated properly to ensure that exhaust from your car doesn’t leak into the house?
Improperly vented dryers cause moisture to remain in the home which can lead to the development of mold, causing upper respiratory illnesses, allergies and asthma episodes.

Improperly vented dryers cause moisture to remain in the home which can lead to the development of mold, causing upper respiratory illnesses, allergies and asthma episodes.



If you have a clothes dryer in your home, is it properly vented to the outside?
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Using an oven to heat the home is not safe. Fumes from the gas can cause CO to build up in the home making you and your family sick and can even lead to death. Space heaters can cause fires if not properly maintained, monitored, and vented.



 

Do you use your oven or fuel-based space heaters to heat your home?
Carbon Monoxide Alarms from USFA

Thousands of children die every year from fires in homes that do not have smoke detectors. Carbon Monoxide (CO) is an odorless, tasteless, and colorless toxic gas produced in the home by malfunctioning furnaces, kerosene space heaters, and gas stoves and ovens. Nearly 200 people die every year from CO poisoning, and thousands of others suffer other non-fatal illnesses.



 

 

Does your home have smoke alarms and at least one carbon monoxide monitor?
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Household injuries cause 10 million emergency room visits every year. The elderly and children are most at risk from falls.



 

 

Do you have any broken steps or floor boards and/or missing handrails on stairways?
Cabinet locks prevent children from getting into poisonous household cleaning products and other hazards.

Cabinet locks prevent children from getting into poisonous household cleaning products and other hazards.



Are there locks on cabinets and closets where cleaning supplies or other dangerous chemicals are stored?
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Check your mechanical equipment and plumbing frequently to avoid leaks, carbon monoxide emissions, and fire hazards.



Is all mechanical equipment and plumbing in your home working properly – furnace, sump pump, toilets, sinks, oven, washer, dryer, etc.?
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Tobacco smoke is an asthma trigger and smoking is a leading cause of house fires.



Do you or does anyone in your household smoke cigarettes?
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Harsh cleaners, like ammonia and bleach, and strongly scented cleaners and personal products can trigger asthma episodes. Using plant-based, fragrance free alternatives can prevent asthma symptoms.



Do you use harsh cleaners like bleach or ammonia?  Do you use strongly scented cleaners or air fresheners?