Healthy Homes

Minnesota healthy homes program to raise awareness of toxins in homes

Thu, 02/02/2012 - 10:19

The Western Lake Superior Sanitary District (WLSSD) has launched a new healthy homes program that is aimed at raising awareness about the presence of toxic chemicals in homes around the state of Minnesota, according to KDAL News.

Toxins are present in many homes, especially those with old technology and limited air circulation. Conventional heating systems are an example of this generation of contaminants, as the radiators, air vents and heating ducts that are required for these heaters can significantly impact the quality of the air in a home.

Radiant heating systems can help to eliminate some of these toxins from the air, as the technology doesn't require the use of these pollutant-producing products. This is especially important for places like Minnesota, as the cold weather during winter months requires many families to use their heaters for an extended period.

This is why the WLSSD launched the healthy homes program, as residents need to be weary of the dangers that they are exposing their families to on a consistent basis.

"A healthy environment really does start at home," Sarah Lerohl, Environmental Program Coordinator, told the news source. "The products we use in our homes, garages, and yards can impact the health of our families as well as our natural environment.  With the new program, we want to provide families in the area with basic, helpful information in several formats, appropriate for audiences new to the topic or for those with more experience."

According to KDAL News, funding for the WLSSD program was provided in part through a grant from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency in conjunction with the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, a program supported by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.