Healthy Homes

Kentucky county receives healthy homes help from researchers

Tue, 05/01/2012 - 09:41

The Northern Kentucky Health Department and officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will be helping Kenton County residents conduct a survey of their homes, as the organizations are looking to clean up household products that can impact the health of local families, FOX 19 Kenton reported.

According to the news outlet, the team of researchers will be going door-to-door throughout the county in order to examine the homes of local families. They will be looking for household products that could be dangerous to children, ranging from lead-based paints to older heating and cooling products.

FOX 19 reported that surveyors will be using a methodology known as a Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response (CASPER), to look for potential health threats.

The survey will ask homeowners targeted questions about how long they run their heating and cooling systems, what type of insulation is used in the home, if there is lead-based paint used in areas where children play and if they have noticed anything that is suspicious or could harm kids.

Then the researchers will conduct a brief information session, where they will explain that products like older heating systems are dangerous due to the fact that they store and distribute airborne contaminants, according to the news outlet.

These older systems rely on the use of radiators, heating ducts and air vents, all which add negative air particles to a home.

New products like a Warmboard radiant heating systems help to limit the presence of these toxins, as they operate in a clean and quiet manner.

Warmboard radiant heating systems allow for an efficient delivery of heat that poses no threat to families, limits energy bills and increases the level of comfort in a home.