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June is National Healthy Homes Month


The Cortland County Health Department is announcing that June is National Health Homes Month with a new campaign called the Healthy Neighborhoods Program.

The program looks to reduce the burden of housing-related illness and injury through a holistic, healthy homes approach. Ways to ensure your home is healthy and safe for you and your family is to have working smoke alarms, and carbon monoxide detectors.

Residents in Cortland County can sign up for a free healthy home assessment where staff from the County Health Department will discuss different ideas on how to promote a healthy home and also provide educational materials and refer outside agencies (if needed).

The Healthy Neighborhoods program will provide products at no cost to residents to help them achieve their goal of a healthy home. Those products include smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms, fire extinguishers, cleaning products, flashlights, and child safety items.

More information on the Healthy Home Assessment or to make an appointment you can call 607-428-5410.

Another program available to residents is the Lead Poisoning Prevention Program. The program is designated to reduce lead poisoning in children by lowering their risk of exposure. Exposure to lead can result in harmful effects on the body. The major source of lead exposure is from lead based paints that were used in houses built prior to 1978. Residents are encouraged to contact the Cortland County Environmental Health if they have questions or concerns on lead in their home at 607-753-5035.

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