After the Lightbulbs and the Recycling

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a growing body of scientific evidence has indicated that the air within homes and other buildings can be more seriously polluted than the outdoor air in even the largest and most industrialized cities. People spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors. Thus, for many people, the risks to health may be greater because of exposure to air pollution indoors rather than outdoors.

What can you do to create a healthy home environment? The New York State Healthy Neighborhoods Program (HNP) lists Seven Principles of Healthy Homes, which can apply to any indoor air environment:

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

The Program is administered by the Environmental Health Division of the Columbia County Department of Health. It provides in-home assessments and interventions for asthma, indoor air quality, lead, fire safety, and other environmental health hazards in selected communities, targeting housing in high-risk areas.