Montana State University helps local residents use new products to clean up homes

Wed, 09/12/2012 - 15:08

The presence of unhealthy products like forced-air heaters or lead-based paint in a residence can lead to a number of health hazards for residents, and many homeowners do not realize the potential dangers that these fixtures pose to families.
This is why many local and federal programs have been focused on the idea of educating people as to the dangers posed by many products found in their homes, and exactly what they can do to remove these items in order to provide their family with a safer living situation.
The Montana State University Extension Tribal Housing and Environmental Health Program recently received a national award for its work in trying to educate area residents about the dangers posed by lead-based paint and other household items, according to the university's website.
Not only were students and faculty at Montana State especially effective in their training, but the diversity of people who were helped was recognized.
"These are all projects with a national scope that help those in reservation communities, where concerns about the quality and health impacts of housing are often pressing issues," said Mike Vogel, director of the Tribal Healthy Homes Assessment and Training Center. "Receiving the diversity award makes us proud. These projects exemplify our commitment to reach out to all people."
One way to limit the presence of household dangers in a home is to install a radiant heating system, as these products run in a quiet, clean and efficient manner.
Because radiant heating systems do not require the use of radiators, heating ducts or air vents, they are able to operate without distributing dusts and potential allergens around a residence. This is especially helpful for homeowners that need to accommodate a family member with asthma or other breathing-related illnesses.