Healthy Homes

Illinois county receives federal funding for healthy homes initiative

Fri, 10/14/2011 - 09:15

The federal government has provided Kane County, Illinois with more than $1 million to help the area provide resources and necessary information for families that are fighting to keep a healthy home, according to the Kane County Daily Herald.

Part of the money will be used to abate paint-based lead hazards in housing, as part of a local healthy homes program. Other aspects of unhealthy residences will also be targeted by the new round of funding, the news source reported.

The funding came due to the recent results from a test that showed Kane County children have unacceptably high levels of lead in their blood, a number that is high above the nation and state average, according to the Herald.

The news source reported that the funding will allow for inspections of homes, new materials for some houses and increased awareness among local residents.

A radiant heating system is another way that homeowners can limit the presence of harmful toxins in a residence. The installation of the technology would eliminate the need for radiators and heating ducts that can normally cause these allergens to exist.