Ways to Keep Your Home Healthy
- Keep it dry – repair leaks, keep the house well-ventilated, keep surfaces clean and dry, and throw away/replace items that have been wet for more than two days
- Keep it clean – dust can trigger allergies and asthma; spilled food and liquids attract rodents and insects
- Minimize clutter – clear pathways and having good lighting help prevent falls
- Do not store easy to burn products indoors – keep them away from heat, sparks and fire
- Keep all cleaning products, medicines, pesticides and other hazardous materials like matches out of the reach of children
- Do not smoke indoors
- Install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors –test and change batteries regularly
- Test for lead and radon – follow the advice of a professional in fixing identified hazards | View a radon fact sheet that includes a map of high-risk areas
- Keep emergency numbers like poison control in or next to your phone – Poison Control can be reached at 1-800-222-1222
Call 260-449-7459 with additional questions or for more information on healthy homes topics.
The Department uses integrated pest management – an effective, environmentally-sensitive approach relying on practices like sanitation, exclusion, trapping and applying low-toxicity, low-risk pesticides to control vectors like rodents and mosquitoes.Learn More
Get information on how to protect yourself and your family from toxic substances found in the home, which can be harmful to your health.Learn More
The Department investigates unsanitary conditions in homes and apartments, including insect and rodent infestations, animal or human waste, clutter throughout living areas, no operating utilities and extreme uncleanliness.Learn More
Call Vector Control & Healthy Homes for questions or concerns about healthy home issues including rodents, mosquito control and childhood lead poisoning.