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Healthy Homes Overview

In the Healthy Homes Overview session, you will learn background information and the principles of healthy housing. You also will learn about issues that affect home occupants and how to conduct a home assessment.

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Indoor Air Quality Overview

In the Indoor Air Quality Overview session, you will learn about the causes of poor indoor air quality and how to detect and correct indoor air pollutants.

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In the Radon session, you will learn where radon comes from, its health risks to home occupants, and methods to detect and mitigate radon's entry into homes.

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Asthma & Allergies

In the Asthma & Allergies session, you will learn about asthma and how to identify and prevent asthma and allergy triggers in the home environment.

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Mold & Moisture Control

In the Mold & Moisture Control session, you will get a basic overview of mold and home moisture control concepts and methods.

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Carbon Monoxide & Other Combustion Gases

In the Carbon Monoxide & Other Combustion Gases session, you will learn general information about the dangers of carbon monoxide and other combustion gases found in homes. You also will learn about detection and routine inspection methods required to keep families safe.

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In the Lead session, you will learn about the health risks, screening guidelines, testing procedures, and preventability of childhood lead poisoning.

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Drinking Water

In the Drinking Water session, you will learn the basics of private well water testing and protection. This session gives an overview of on-site waste (septic) systems and best management practices.

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Home Safety

In the Home Safety session, you will learn action steps to reduce safety hazards in the home.

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Hazardous Household Products

In the Hazardous Household Products session, you will learn about commonly used household products that can be hazardous to home occupants' health. You will learn how to use these products safely or choose safer products.

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Integrated Pest Management

In the Integrated Pest Management session, you will gain general knowledge of what pest management is and how it relates to creating a healthy home.

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Home Energy

In the Home Energy session, you will learn to address healthy home concerns by making energy-efficient improvements. This lesson addresses weatherization activities and the potentially negative impact they can have on occupants' health if done improperly.

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Filed Under: Family, Children and Parenting, Healthy Homes Initiative, Creating Healthy Indoor Childcare Environments December 8, 2023

RAYMOND, Miss. -- Healthy lifestyles and healthy homes may seem like two separate concepts, but both components are important for overall well-being. David Buys, health specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, encourages people to consider giving their homes a checkup in the new year.

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Volume 7 Number 2

Extension Brown Bags flying off shelves in DeSoto County

Mississippi State University Extension agents in DeSoto County are partnering with public librarians throughout the county to distribute Extension Brown Bags to members of the community. Extension has offered a range of educational programs at these libraries, so joining with them to expand the giveaways was a natural choice.

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Volume 3 Number 1

Extension program helps childcare employees

When the mailer arrived at Barbara Henson’s Nursery and Pre-K to invite the staff to participate in the Healthy Homes Initiative, director Beverly Henson admits she felt a twinge of surprise—and skepticism.

Russell Carroll, a housing authority official, shares his story about Extension training.
Volume 3 Number 3

He is already good at what he does as maintenance supervisor with the Canton Housing Authority, but Russell Carroll wants to be even better.

Anytime he gets a chance to participate in a training program, he takes it. Russell Carroll cares about sharing the best practices—and implementing them—to benefit the tenants on his watch.

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