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John F. O'Hara

John F. O'Hara
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Grants Rolling Out to Help Eliminate Home Lead Hazards

April 29, 2016 2:33 am

More than $100 million in grants will be made available to help eliminate dangerous lead-based paint hazards from the homes of lower-income families, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced recently.

These grants, administered through the Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes, are intended to protect young children from lead poisoning, as well as provide an opportunity for states and local communities to establish programs that assess and remediate lead-based paint and other housing-related health hazards.

According to HUD, unsafe homes affect the health of millions of in the U.S., of all income levels, geographic areas and walks of life.

The housing improvements made with these grants will help prevent illnesses and injuries, reduce associated health care and social services costs, lessen absentee rates for children in school and adults at work, and cut stress, all of which help enhance overall quality of life.

The grants are being offered through HUD's Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control Program, totaling $43 million, and through its Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration Program, totaling $45 million.

HUD is also providing nearly $13 million in healthy homes supplemental funds to promote, identify and remediate additional housing-related health hazards.

HUD's Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes promotes local efforts to eliminate dangerous lead paint and other housing-related health and safety hazards from lower-income homes, stimulate private sector investment in lead hazard control, support cutting-edge research on methods for assessing and controlling housing-related health and safety hazards, and educate the public about the dangers of hazards in the home.

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Clean Sweep: Tips for a Healthier Home

April 29, 2016 2:33 am

(Family Features)—At their core, healthy homes are allergen- and toxin-free. To maintain a healthy home, it’s important to deep-clean without introducing more harmful pollutants into the indoor environment. The tips below, courtesy of the Oreck Corporation, will help you do just that.

• Purify indoor air. Catch dust before it settles with an air purifier. Indoor air can be up to five times dirtier than outdoor air, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). An air purifier can remove up to 99 percent of airborne allergens, dust and odors, as well as manages humidity, to ensure continuously clean air.

• Vacuum carpets regularly. Carpets are prone to trapping allergens and other offenders, so to keep those at bay, commit to frequent vacuuming. A high-powered, filtration-bag vacuum can collect up to 99 percent of dirt and dust particles, including those not visible to the naked eye.

• Use natural cleaning agents. Some household cleaners—including fragrance-laced sprays—contain chlorine, which poses health risks. Look for natural cleaning products, or produce your own with baking soda, peroxide or vinegar.

• Launder linens. It’s easy to overlook linens and upholstery, but these materials can harbor the most pollutants in the home. Bedding, curtains, cushions and throw pillows are all common culprits. To part with unwanted particles, wash linens in hot water regularly, and steam-clean upholstery, if possible.

These tips will help maintain a cleaner, fresher—and most importantly, healthier—home for years to come.

Source: Oreck Corporation

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