Learning about healthy homes is a great way to keep yourself and your family healthy. Here you’ll find a listing of links of additional resources that can come in handy.
Air Cleaners and Purifiers
- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Indoor Air Facts #7 Residential Air Cleaners
- Hazardous Ozone-Generating Air Purifiers Choosing the correct air filter
- The Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers searchable directory of certified room air cleaners
Asthma and Allergy Information
- Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics
- American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology
- Asthma and Allergy Prevention (National Institute of Environmental Health)
- EPA Asthma Resources
- Asthma Information at the National Jewish Medical and Research Center
- Household Chemical Database at the National Library of Medicine. The most comprehensive database with information on chemical ingredients, composition, and safety of more than 4,000 consumer household products.
- Envirofacts Chemical Reference at the Environmental Protection Agency
- Scorecard (Environmental Defense Fund)
- Chemical Health & Safety Data by National Toxicology Program (National Institute of Health)
- Databases on toxicology and hazardous chemicals (National Library of Medicine)
- Asbestos When asbestos-containing materials are damaged or disturbed by repair, remodeling or demolition activities, microscopic fibers become airborne and can be inhaled into the lungs, where they can cause significant health problems.
- Carbon Monoxide
- Ten Tips to Protect Your Children from Pesticides and Lead by the Environmental Protection Agency Offers a simple list of things you should do to protect your children from hazardous chemicals around the home.
- Tox Town An interactive guide to environmental health concerns and toxic chemicals where you live, work, and play from the National Library of Medicine.
- Lead by the Environmental Protection Agency
- Collaborative on Health and the Environment: CHE Toxicants and Disease Database, is a scientifically based, web-interactive database summarizing the evidence of exposure to chemical contaminants and over 180 associated human diseases or conditions.
General Medical Information
- Medlineplus by the National Library of Medicine/National Institute of Health/ Provides a wealth of medical information.
- National Library of Medicine Literature Search Engine
General Tips on House Cleaning and Maintenance
- Green Cleaning Recipes
- How to Reduce Asthma Triggers (PDF) by American Lung Association® in Washington
- Health Effects of Deep Dust in Carpeting and How to Get It Out (PDF)
- Safer Cleaning Products (PDF) by Philip Dickey from the Washington Toxics Coalition website
Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)
- YourHealthyHome is a great interactive tool for general air quality concerns around the home. Developed by the Lung Association of Canada.
- The Inside Story: A Guide to Indoor Air Quality. Popular and comprehensive, published in 1995 by EPA. 32 pages. Clearly written for the general public.
- Introduction to air quality by EPA. Offers comprehensive and timely information on topics including biological pollutants, household chemicals, and radon.
- Clearing the Air: Asthma and Indoor Air Exposures. Comprehensive review published in 2000 by Institute of Medicine. If you’re interested in the current state of knowledge on indoor air quality, this site will give you unbiased scientific treatment of the subject.
- EPA publications on indoor air quality
Indoor Pests and Biological Pollutants
- Dust Mites - Asthma Triggers by EPA
- Dust Mites - American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. A comprehensive FAQ about dust mites. May be more appropriate for health professionals.
- Others - The Toxics in the Home Program by Washington Toxics Coalition offers excellent information on indoor pest control including lice, fleas, clothing moths, carpenter ants, spiders, ants, flies, and cockroaches. Many are downloadable in PDF.
Information on Healthy and Safe Buildings
- Health House (American Lung Association®)
- Master Builders Association of the King and Snohomish Counties
- Consumer Product Safety Commission
- Washington State Building codes
- Building Science Corporation. Excellent information on technical aspect of building houses
- Canadian Housing Information Center Technical Bulletin
- Healthy Building Network. National network of green building professionals, environmental, and health activists
- HealthyHouse by Children's Health Environment Coalition
- Tenants Union
- Cool Mom Hot planet seeks CoolMoms: Concerned mothers raising awareness about climate change and taking action for a healthier earth for their children.
Guidance for Clinicians on the Recognition and Management of Health Effects Related to Mold Exposure and Moisture Indoors
- Mold Resources available from the EPA
- Mold in Your Home DVD (12 Minutes) now available on NWCAA website for viewing and download
Outdoor Air Quality Monitoring: Pollution and Pollen
- AIRNow Web-based database managed by Environmental Protection Agency. Historical and current data on air for the entire nation.
- Pollen.com Offers nationwide pollen data on a daily basis. You can get pollen count for a specific area of the country by entering the ZIP code.
- American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology The pollen count is available for the Seattle area on a daily basis through several services, but the mold count is only for Vancouver in Washington.
- Radon Test Kit (PDF)
Shopping Guide to Environment - Or Allergy-Friendly Products
- Consumer Products Safety Commission
- Consumer Reports
- Environmentally Preferable Purchasing by the EPA
- Green Seal
- Guide to less toxic products
- The City of Fort Collins provides this handbook regarding landlord/tenet laws (in English and Spanish)
Yard and Gardening
- Information about pesticides and alternatives to pesticides.
- Saving Water Partnership
- Colorado State University Extension Service , Lawn and Garden Programs
- Allergy-Free Gardening Ideas about how to choose plants that are less likely to cause pollen problems.