June 20, 2013 4:55:28 AM by
A new standard published Monday will serve as a blueprint for ensuring the health and safety of U.S. homes.
APHA and the National Center for Healthy Housing released a standard that defines livable housing conditions, targeting the 30 million U.S. families who live in unsafe residences. The standard is intended to be used by government agencies and property owners to make certain that the nation’s housing stock is adequately maintained and protects the health and safety of residents.
“We look forward to seeing lives saved and communities stabilized as the code provisions are implemented,” said Georges Benjamin, MD, executive director of APHA, in a news release.
The National Healthy Housing Standard identifies hazardous living conditions and offers safety protections to address these problems, with recommendations for household systems, including:
- lighting and electricity;
- heating, ventilation and energy efficiency;
- moisture and mold control;
- pest management; and
- chemicals such as radon, lead, formaldehyde and asbestos.
According to Jon Gant, director at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the standard helps advance a federal housing strategy released by the agency on Feb. 4. It also updates a document co-produced by APHA and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 1986, using evidence connecting housing quality to asthma, cancer and other injuries.
“The development of this health-based standard is just the first step. The most important work of seeking its adoption by federal, state and local agencies is a heavy lift and will require the help and involvement of a wide array of partners,” said Rebecca Morley, executive director of the National Center for Healthy Housing.
The National Committee on Housing and Health, which monitored the standard’s development is requesting comments on the standard through July 31.
April 30, 2012 11:35:52 PM by
Recently, five lives were lost in a tragedy involving carbon monoxide poisoning in Oxon Hill, MD. What killed them? It was carbon monoxide (CO) that leaked into the house from rusted and separated exhaust pipes on a natural gas furnace. According to the Washington Post, CO levels of between 140 parts per million to as high as 560 parts per million were found in the home. To put that number in perspective, 0 to 5 parts per million are considered “normal” and it takes only 30 parts per million to be fatal over time.
October 18, 2011 1:22:34 AM by
Let’s face it, we don’t always remember to watch for healthy home indicators (or lack thereof) when searching for an apartment. Looking for the “right” apartment can be a very stressful, time-consuming, and a daunting task - especially if you are without the services of a realtor. Stress and all, it helps to be mindful of a few things while in search of an apartment.