Lead Safe & Healthy Homes Initiative

Today, childhood lead poisoning is considered the most preventable environmental disease among young children, yet approximately half a million U.S. children have blood lead levels above 5 micrograms per deciliter, the reference level at which Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), recommends public health actions be initiated. A simple blood test can prevent permanent damage that will last a lifetime. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and CDC are committed to eliminating this burden to public health. So, in celebration of National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week October 23, 2016 through October 29, 2016. LSHHI is educating families and children on the importance of washing their hands properly to keep lead out of their bodies.

Zika Virus Prevention Tips

The summer is here, which means pests are here too! It is important to take necessary precautions to protect your home and your health from pests, like mosquitos. Check out these tips to protect you from the Zika virus infection:

1. Wear long‐sleeved shirts, long pants and socks

2. Use insect repellent or permethrin‐treated clothing (especially during the daytime when mosquitos are active)

3. Use air conditioning or window/door screens to keep mosquitos outside

4. Eliminate standing water from containers in yards (including bird baths, flower pots, buckets) to stop mosquito breeding.

Follow the #SkeeterBeater Patrol as they fight Zika by entering a Richmond neighborhood backyard to identify sources for mosquitos to breed and providing tips on how to prevent it. Watch the Zika Prevention Video: http://wtvr.com/2016/05/19/skeeterpatrol-how-health-officials-want-you-to-help-fight-zika/

Videos from FEMA U.S. Fire Administration

Winter Fire Safety 

Holiday Fire Safety

Space Heater Safety

Why We Do What We Do

All too often, the Lead Safe and Healthy Homes Initiative (LSSHI) encounter complaints of Richmond City residents who are struggling to maintain a healthy home in their rental units. Often the issues are poor housing conditions and hazards that are out of occupants’ physical control and require action by property owners to fully remediate them, However, there are other unhealthy or unsafe conditions that are rooted in occupant’s space utilization habits, behaviors, or poor maintenance and housekeeping knowledge or skills. Unsafe housing conditions not only increase one’s maintenance and utility costs, but can trigger or exacerbate health conditions that lead to costly medical care and loss of work or school time. For occupants, it is a matter of quality of life, and for property owners/managements, it is a matter of financial liability and viability. (Read More)

Healthy Homes Spring Cleaning Tips

What is a healthy home?

According to the National Center for Healthy Housing, a healthy home is a home designed, constructed, maintained, or rehabilitated in a manner that supports the health of its residents.

Why should your home be lead-safe?

Was your home, building, or the child care facility or school where your chlid under six years of age attends, built before 1978?

Lead-based paint was used in more than 38 million homes until it was banned for residential use in 1978.

Lead can affect a child’s brain and developing nervous systems, causing a reduced IQ, learning disabilities, and behavioral problems. Lead can also be harmful to adults.

Lead in dust is the most common way people are exposed to lead. People can also get lead into their bodies from lead in soil or paint chips. Lead dust is often invisible.

Projects that disturb painted surfaces can create lead dust and endanger you and
your family.

Most of your family’s time is spent in the home. The condition of your home can
greatly affect your family and their health.

Seven Core Healthy Home Principles

  1. Keep your home dry
  2. Keep your home clean
  3. Keep your home ventilated
  4. Keep your home safe from fire and injury
  5. Keep your home pest free
  6. Keep your home lead-safe
  7. Keep your home maintained