Most people spend a large part of every day in their house; whether it is a single family home, apartment, mobile home, or any other type of housing. Many factors influence the health and safety of that house. Learn how to keep you and your family safe and healthy in your home.
Asthma, Allergens and Irritants
Asthma attacks can be triggered in the home by allergens or irritants such as dust mites, rodents, cockroaches, mold growth, second-hand smoke, excess dust, pesticides, and fragrances. More about asthma and its triggers.
Contaminants in Your Home
Your home provides your family with comfort and protection; but your home may also have hidden health hazards, such as lead, mold and moisture, and carbon monoxide. More about contaminants in your home.
Despite the fact that America's water supplies are among the safest in the world, some types of coliform bacteria and nitrate can affect your health with just one drink of water. More about drinking water in your home.
Sometimes foodborne bacteria and other contaminants can make you and those you care about sick. More about food safety at home.
Household Product Safety
Chemicals found in common household products can be harmful to children and pets. Store harmful products safely, use less of them in and around your home, and properly dispose of products you don't need. How to use household products safely.
On-site Sewage Systems (septic tanks)
If you are not properly maintaining your septic system you are putting your family's health at risk. How to care for your on-site sewage system.
Pests - Bed Bugs, Ticks, Rodents, etc.
Insects, rodents, and other pests can harm our food, property, and health. Many pests can transmit disease. Other pests bite or sting, causing allergic reactions. More about pests and your health.
Safe Cleaning Practices
If done right, cleaning and disinfecting can help keep you healthy. Many cleaning supplies and household products contain chemicals that can cause health problems like eye or throat irritation and headaches. More about safe cleaning practices.
Safe Medication Return
Dispose of household over-the-counter, and prescription medications (including medications for household pets). More at our Safe Medication Return program.
Smoke-free housing is a growing trend across Washington state and the nation. Landlords, owners, and tenants can work together to make the air they breathe in their homes smoke-free. More about smoke-free housing.
Injury and Violence Prevention
Unintentional injuries are the number one cause of death and disability for people of Washington State, ages 1-44. Many of these injuries can be prevented with low-cost measures and proper education. More about injury and violence prevention.
A Healthy Home Brochure ("A Healthy House, Happy Home")