A home is usually seen as a safe place to relax, away from the burdens and pressures of day-to-day life.
But dangers can lurk in the home. They can be as obvious as a small, slippery rug on an elderly person's wooden floor, or as hidden as invisible radon gas.
The Erie County Health Department is joining a national movement to encourage people to keep their homes safe.
The department will host a Healthy Homes Summit for local officials from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 21 at Kalahari Water Park and Convention Center.
The Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta is supporting the summit with a $5,000 grant and is sending speaker Kimball Credle, an expert on lead poisoning prevention and keeping homes healthy, said Peter Schade, Erie County's health commissioner.
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Erie-Huron Counties Community Action Commission 866-861-6360
WSOS Community Action Commission
Ottawa County — 419-734-2652
Seneca County/ Fostoria — 419-435-4884
Seneca County/Tiffin area — 419-447-0084
Sandusky County — 419-334-5126