Healthy Homes

If you or your child has asthma, you can create the best home environment possible by knowing which asthma triggers are at work and eliminating or minimizing exposure to them. The following items are common asthma triggers that you should avoid.

  • Take it outside. Until you can quit smoking, smoke outside, not in your home or car
  • Good night, little mite! Dust mites can trigger asthma. Wash sheets and blankets weekly in hot water. Cover mattresses and pillows with dust-proof covers.
  • Stake your claim. Household pets can trigger asthma. Keep pets outdoors and do not let them in the bedroom.
  • Un-invite unwelcome guests. Cockroaches can trigger asthma. Always clean up messes and store food in airtight containers.
  • Break the mold. Mold is another asthma trigger. The key to controlling mold is controlling moisture. Wash and dry hard surfaces to prevent and remove mold. Replace moldy tiles and carpet.
  • A little goes a long way. Reduce everyday dust build-up by regularly dusting with a wet cloth and vacuuming carpet and furniture.
  • Air it out. Reducing the moisture will control asthma triggers. Use exhaust fans or open windows when cooking or showering. Fix plumbing leaks or other sources of unwanted water.
  • Plan before the attack. Work with your doctor to develop a written asthma management plan that includes information on triggers and how to manage them.

Resources

12 WAYS TO A HEALTHY HOME – Whether it is lead hazards, asthma, fire, home visiting, and more, this easy to understand booklet is available online and English hard copies.  Contact the NH Healthy Homes & Lead Poisoning Prevention Program for FREE copies 1-800-897-LEAD.

NH Healthy Homes – A Case for Change

US Environmental Protection Agency – Mold Resources

Green Cleaning Recipe Cards – courtesy of the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service

US Department of Housing and Urban Development Integrated Pest Management

National Center for Healthy Housing

New Hampshire Tobacco Helpline

Referrals

If you live in Manchester NH the Manchester Health Department (603-624-6466) has an Asthma peer educator available for free in-home visits for children with moderate to severe asthma.

Tools

NH “One-Touch” Statewide Healthy Homes Checkup Form

US Environmental Protection Agency – Asthma Home Checklist