The coming of spring brings with it long periods of sunlight, foliage on trees and unfortunately for some, allergies.
The word "pollution" often conjures up an image of smokestacks and visible threats that are present in and around a city, but many people forget that some of the dangers associated with polluted air can actually be inside of a residence.
The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services recently received a $2.4 million federal grant to eliminate home health hazards, including asthma and allergy triggers and lead-based paint.
Residents in the six towns that are served by the Naugatuck Valley Health District (NVHD) will soon be able to benefit from government help regarding the handling of lead and other household hazards.
The City of Fort Wayne, Indiana, will be awarded $2.3 million in the Lead Based Paint Hazard Control grant program and more than $180,000 in funding for other health-based improvements to residences in the area.
Although some of the chemicals that are present in a home can be found in the detergents, soaps and cleaning products that are bought, other areas can help to store and distribute these contaminants.
The town of Rumford, Maine, is set to hold a workshop designed to educate local residents from surrounding counties about potential hazards found throughout their homes and how to handle them.
The number of healthy homes in a neighborhood has an effect on the property value of other residences in the area, as parts of a town that have older and less efficient houses are likely to bring down the worth of the real estate.
Low-income residents in Dunedin, New Zealand will be able to receive help this winter, as they will be helped by a new subsidy that helps to provide new heating systems and insulation for their residences.
New Jersey invented suburban sprawl, according to Richard Jackson, a physician who studies the connection between homes and health, and this move by the Garden State has led to a decline in health.