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New Easy-to-Use Free Booklet Helps Oregonians Assess How Healthy Their Homes Are
The Eco-Healthy Homes Checkup Kit offers a room-by-room checklist to fill out and easy-to-do improvements to make
The Eco-Healthy Homes Checkup Kit, a free 24-page booklet, helps Oregonians systematically assess how healthy their homes are and provides easy, inexpensive ways they can improve the environmental health problems they uncover.
PORTLAND, OR— July 19, 2010—The Oregon Environmental Council released its Eco-Healthy Homes Checkup Kit today. The free 24-page booklet helps Oregonians systematically assess how healthy their homes are and provides easy, inexpensive ways they can improve the environmental health problems they uncover.
“Oregonians are routinely exposed to common chemicals that have been linked to cancer, reproductive and developmental disorders, neurological diseases, and asthma through the products they use in their bathrooms, the furniture they sit and sleep on, and the food they keep in their cupboards,” explains Jen Coleman, OEC’s outreach director. “Until we reform the way our country regulates chemicals, people can't count on product labels to tell them what they need to know to make safe choices for their homes. We created this easy-to-use tool to help people make safer choices in the meantime.”
The Eco-Healthy Homes Checkup Kit is a booklet that takes a homeowner or renter room by room—from front- to backdoor—with an 81-question checklist that will identify air quality issues and hidden chemicals that can be hazardous to people’s health, particularly children under 5, pregnant women and the elderly. The second part of the booklet suggests different things a home resident can do to improve the health of her home, ranging from no-cost practices, like opening windows for a few minutes a day to improve indoor air flow, to investments she might consider when its time to make a big change, like choosing rot-resistant redwood or cedar instead of toxic pressure-treated wood when building a new outdoor structure. The checkup kit also provides resources for readers to learn more about topics addressed in the booklet, including safer pest control, furniture and personal-care items, as well as persistent pollutants and air quality.
The Eco-Healthy Homes Checkup Kit is available for free to all Oregonians. Go to oeconline.org to order a copy.
About Oregon Environmental Council
Oregon Environmental Council safeguards what Oregonians love about Oregon – clean air and water, an unpolluted landscape and healthy food produced by local farmers. For more than 40 years we've been a champion for solutions to protect the health of every Oregonian and the health of the place we call home. Our vision for Oregon includes solving global warming, protecting kids from toxics, cleaning up our rivers, building sustainable economies, and ensuring healthy food and local farms. Find out more at www.oeconline.org.