New Healthy Housing Standards Released

From the Maryland State Health Improvement Process:

Approximately 30 million families live in unsafe and unhealthy housing with an array of problems and necessary repairs including broken heating and plumbing, holes in walls and windows, roach and rodent infestation, crumbling foundations, and leaking roofs. These housing conditions can lead to serious health and safety hazards that can cause allergies, asthma, injuries, cancer, and lead poisoning, which increase health care costs and negatively impact children's health, development, and well-being. A new standard recently published by the American Public Health Association and the National Center for Healthy Housing ensures the health and safety of U.S. homes by defining appropriate livable housing conditions. The National Healthy Housing Standard identifies hazardous living conditions and offers safety protections to address these problems, with recommendations for household systems, including plumbing; lighting and electricity; heating, ventilation and energy efficiency; moisture and mold control; pest management; and chemicals such as radon, lead, formaldehyde and asbestos. The standard is intended to be used by government agencies and property owners to make certain that the nation's housing stock is adequately maintained and protects the health and safety of residents. The National Committee on Housing and Health, which monitored the standard's development, is requesting comments on the standard through July 31.

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