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City Offers Free Evaluations for Healthy Living Environments

Released on Thursday, April 24, 2014

City Offers Free Evaluations for Healthy Living Environments

Did you know that…

  • indoor air quality may be 90 percent worse than outdoor air?
  • indoor air is generally five times worse than outdoor air?
  • one in four families in Fort Collins reports having a family member with respiratory problems?

 

Fortunately, Fort Collins residents can make their home healthier today through a free environmental home assessment brought to you by the City’s Healthy Sustainable Homes (HSH) program.

 

The program has led to many success stories of quickly detecting and eliminating hazardous chemicals that contaminated home air quality. Take local resident Susan Shafer, who knows first-hand the value of these assessments: Last fall, a carbon monoxide detector installed as part of the HSH program saved her family’s life. Approximately three months after having their home evaluated, the Shafers’ detector alerted them to potentially deadly levels of carbon monoxide. Learn more about the Shafer family experience on the City’s YouTube channel at:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gd-P94Ea4JM&list=UU9yI7q_1fhS4KpfQp74mokQ

 

HSH environmental home assessments help Fort Collins residents mitigate and evaluate possible health risks within their homes. The program identifies chemical contaminants, biological pollutants and safety hazards in homes. Homeowners receive at least three recommendations on ways to improve their indoor air quality and overall living environment.

 

The home assessment also includes tests that can help families who have children with asthma. Mold, contaminants, leaks, dust, or pests detected pollute in-home air quality and may trigger asthma or allergy attacks. Symptoms of asthma include wheezing, chest tightness, coughing, or breathlessness. Environmental interventions are becoming an important part of an asthma treatment plan. The program can also recommend steps residents can take within the home to help reduce or prevent repeated asthma attacks.

 

To schedule a free Healthy Sustainable Homes assessment, please contact Mary Pat Aardrup at 970.416.2832, or at .

 

Contact
  • Mary Pat Aardrup Volunteer Coordinator Healthy Sustainable Homes 970-416-2832 Website