Healthy Homes

Maine town to host healthy homes workshop

Tue, 03/13/2012 - 07:15

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.

According to the Lewiston Sun Journal, Health Homes Training will take place on March 29, welcoming homeowners and those who work in positions that require them to enter homes, from nurses to code enforcement officers.

Patricia Duguay, director of the River Valley Health Communities Coalition, told the news source that her decision to host the workshop stemmed from state-level health risk meetings she often attends.

"I thought it would be good to offer information to people who go into homes and to homeowners," Duguay noted.

The keynote speaker for the event is Eric Frohmberg from Maine Health Homes, who will reportedly give an overview of specific hazards that can be found throughout the home. Such contaminants can include lead paint and mold, according to the Sun Journal.

Duguay explained that some of the threats can be eliminated at a low cost, while others could require funding. The workshop will reportedly tell people where they can go for help in reducing these hazards.

Maintaining a healthy home is critical to ensuring family members do not become ill. Older heating systems can potentially worsen the hazards in one's home, trapping them and distributing them throughout the building.

A radiant heating system from Warmboard can limit the release and distribution of these contaminants, as radiators, air vents and heating ducts are not required as part of the system. Instead, the Warmboard system, which does not make a sound and is not visible to the naked eye, heats the home in a clean, efficient manner.