February 5, 2013

Improving the safety of your home

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A home has a unique and vital place in our everyday lives. It is generally where we spend more time than anywhere else, where our children live and play, where friends and family gather to celebrate, and where we seek refuge and safety. But it is also estimated that over 30 million U.S. homes have significant physical problems and/or elevated levels of lead, radon, or other contaminants, placing occupants at risk for potential illnesses and injuries.  Is yours one of them?

Yesterday, Secretary Shaun Donovan joined leaders of other federal agencies to launch a new initiative, Advancing Healthy Housing – A Strategy for Action, to address the nation’s health and economic burdens caused by preventable hazards associated with the home.

Through the Strategy, federal agencies and partners are working collaboratively and comprehensively to prevent health threats associated with the home environment. Although they are working hard on your behalf to prevent major housing-related exposures and hazards, individuals have a role to play as well to make sure your home is safe.

Visit www.HUD.gov/healthyhomes to learn how you can make your home a safer and healthier one.

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