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Pediatric Environmental Home Assessment Free Online Training Now Available

The National Healthy Homes Training Center (HHTC) is pleased to announce the launch of our revised online Pediatric Environmental Home Assessment training course. This free online course is designed to prepare nurses to recognize potential environmental hazards as part of a primary prevention approach and recommend preventative action or make appropriate referrals for conditions that may be caused by a housing-related hazard. Contact hours (1.5 hours) will be provided to nurses who successfully complete the course and required evaluations. Please visit our http://www.nchh.org/Training/PEHACourse.aspx or contact Laura Fudala at lfudala@nchh.org or 443.539.4167 for additional information.

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I noticed my clothes dryer gets super hot and gives off a burnt smell. Does that mean it's time to buy a new one?

Not necessarily—it just may be time to clean your dryer vent.  Lint balls are extremely flammable. Have you seen the Farmers Insurance commercial on dryer fires? The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that lint-filled dryer vents cause over 15,000 fires per year. Clothes dryer fires also account for approximately 20 fatalities, 400 injuries, and over $100 million in property damage annually. The leading cause of these clothes dryer fires is a "failure to clean" them. If you have an electric clothes dryer, the chance of fire is 250% greater than if you have a gas dryer.

The good news is that these fires are totally preventable. Learn how to prevent clothes dryer fires in your home.

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