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Spring cleaning and environmental health hazards

It’s spring — a time of growth and renewal, and also pollen, house cleaning, remodeling, weekend warrioring, and possible home health risks.

“A Healthy Home” is a new publication from the Washington State Department of Health’s Division of Environmental Health. It outlines some simple steps for making your home a safer, healthier place. The brochure covers asthma, allergens, indoor air quality, lead hazards, and tips on safe drinking water, injury prevention and product safety. It is available on the state’s “Health Education Resource Exchange” (H.E.R.E.) and can be ordered online.

For more detailed information about a variety of home health issues, go to www.doh.wa.gov/healthyhomes. This month lists items from state and local public health programs related to asthma.

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