Keeping healthy at home

Tom Jackson
Mar 23, 2010


Erie County’s health department is joining the national “healthy homes” movement to help people stay safe where they live and rest. It is hosting a conference at Kalahari Waterpark and Resort on Jan. 21.

That conference is for local officials, but here are tips for everyone, from the health department and the Department of Housing and Urban Development:

• Keep your home dry. Prevent water from getting in. Check your roof and fix poor drainage and bad plumbing. Enjoy your shower, but don’t forget to run the fan.

• Keep your home clean. Control dust and keep surfaces cleanable by clearing away clutter. Use effective wet cleaning methods.

• Keep your home safe. Keep poisons away from children and pets, secure loose rugs that might slip on the floor and keep kids’ play areas free of hard or sharp surfaces. Install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and make sure the batteries work. Keep a fire extinguisher in your home.

• Keep your home ventilated. Air out bathrooms, kitchens and your whole house, supplying fresh air to reduce contaminants.

• Keep it pest-free. Pests seek food, water and shelter. Seal cracks and openings, store food in sealed containers. Use sticky traps and baits and least-toxic pesticides such as boric acid powder.

• Keep it contaminant-free. Fix deteriorating paint to reduce lead risks. Test your home for radon, a dangerous, naturally-occurring gas. Take off your shoes at the door.

• Keep it well-maintained. Inspect, clean and repair your home routinely, fixing small problems before they become big ones.


Anonymous (not ...

What? We need the guberment to spend its taxpayer money on reminding citizens not to live like pigs?

What's next, guberment subsidized home cleaning services and pest control?

Anonymous (not ...

Do you want a proxy for the U.S. debt situation with unfunded govt. provided health and welfare benefits as far as the eye can see?

I use Argentina.

The Argentine govt. recently nationalized its country's private pension system and through that theft of its assets now has controlling stakes in some of its county's major companies:

"By taking over the pension funds and their assets, the government-run national pension administrator, ANSES, now holds significant stakes in some key firms. It owns 25% of power distributor Edenor; 24% of Banco Macro; and 23.5% of steel producer Siderar.'

"˜All told, the state owns shares in around 40 corporations, including banks, public utilities, energy companies and even Argentina's largest media conglomerate, Grupo Clarin.

"˜Because of this, the capital market will be much more dependent on state decisions,' said Argentine Research analyst Roberto Drimer."

This situation is not unlike Nazis Germany with its economic policies of National Socialism or the planned economies of the USSR and other communist regimes.



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HEY WINSTON, Once again you crack me up (LOL LOL) with your quote - "What we need the guberment to spend taxpayer dollars to remind citizens not to live like pigs?" It's so simple, yet so true that I do find it laughably rediculous.