Health begins in the home! Home is a safe haven that provides you with comfort, security and warmth. It is very important to create a safe home for your family to establish a healthy lifestyle. Monday, April 1st marks the first day of National Public Health Week. Monday’s theme is “Ensuring a Safe, Healthy Home for Your Family”. On this day, public health advocates urge people to create a secure home; safe from food borne illness, carbon monoxide poisoning, fire hazards, and toxic chemicals. Health education such as daily exercise and healthy eating are introduced in the home and are important to achieve a healthy life. By tackling these obstacles, your home will always be a healthy and safe place to return to every day.
The goal of National Public Health Week is to start small. Introduce these small steps into your lifestyle to improve the health and safety of your family. Install smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors on every floor in your home. Be sure to check these devices monthly to make sure they are working properly. Make your home is tobacco and smoke free. This will reduce the risk of fire and chronic illness that can occur from smoking. Put toxic chemicals such as bleach or cleaning products, medications and makeup away where young children will not be able to get their hands on them. Also, be sure not to store them with or near food, as this could cause confusion or food poisoning. Create a plan with your family in case of an emergency. Make this a family tradition and practice emergency exit routes. Put together an emergency kit, full of supplies in case of crisis. Always remember to keep the poison control center’s phone number visible. Provide this number to family members or baby sitters so that they will know what steps to take if a child ingests a toxic chemical. This number (1-800-222-1222) will connect you to a poison control center in your area. To avoid the risk of a young child drowning, put a fence up around any swimming pools or deep water in your yard. Clean your house up, choose adequate lighting and reduce clutter. This could potentially prevent injury from a fall. Fill your kitchen with nutritious foods such as fruits and veggies! Learn about food safety and how to reduce the risk of foodborne illness from improper food handling. Be sure to dispose of any medications properly and most importantly, spread the word! Help people understand the importance of a healthy household. Be a community example and have fun with public health!
For more information on National Public Health Week or how to ensure a safe, healthy home for your family, visit the National Public Health Week’s website or the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s website!