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Course Descriptions

Healthy Homes Overview

The Healthy Homes Overview session provides background and principles of healthy housing, issues affecting the health of home occupants, and general knowledge conducting a home assessment.

Indoor Air Quality Overview

The Indoor Air Quality Overview session provides general knowledge of the causes of poor indoor air quality and provides identification of actions to detect and correct indoor air pollutants.

Radon

The Radon session provides general knowledge of the origin of radon, health risks to home occupants, and provides awareness of detection and mitigation methods to test and reduce radon entry.

Asthma & Allergies

The Asthma & Allergies session provides general knowledge of the disease of asthma and provides awareness of identification and prevention of asthma and allergy triggers in the home environment.

Mold & Moisture Control

The Mold & Moisture Control session provides basic overview of mold and home moisture control concepts and methods.

Carbon Monoxide & Other Combustion Gases

The Carbon Monoxide & Other Combustion Gases session provides general knowledge of the dangers of carbon monoxide and other combustion gases found in homes, and provides awareness of detection and routine inspection methods required to keep families safe.

Lead

The Lead session provides knowledge on the health risks, screening guidelines, testing procedures, and preventability of childhood lead poisoning.

Drinking Water

The Drinking Water session provides basic overview of private well water testing and protection.  Provides overview of on-site waste (septic) system and best management practices.

Home Safety

The Home Safety session provides action steps to reduce safety hazards in the home.

Hazardous Household Products

The Hazardous Household Products session provides examples of commonly used household products that can be hazardous to health and list actions to use safely or choose safer products.

Integrated Pest Management

The Integrated Pest Management session provides general knowledge of what is pest management as it relates to creating a healthy home.

Home Energy

The Home Energy session provides knowledge about the importance of addressing healthy home concerns with making energy efficient improvements.  This lesson will address weatherization activities and the potentially negative impact they may have on health of occupants in a home if done improperly.

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News

Mildew and mold growth can take place in damp areas of the home, including showers, sinks, bathrooms and kitchens. Clean damp areas, such as kitchens, bathtubs or under-sink cabinets, frequently to reduce mold-feeding spores and microbes. (Photo by Canstock)
Filed Under: Healthy Homes Initiative March 9, 2017

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Mississippi's humid climate creates a perfect breeding ground for mold and mildew, especially in cluttered, unventilated homes.

Many people recognize these fungi by their musty smells on clothing and dark spots on walls and ceilings, but growth usually begins in areas that are unseen or difficult to access.

Eliminating clutter is one way to prevent bed bugs from becoming a problem. Once these parasites are introduced into a home, extermination requires professionals. (Photo by MSU Extension Service/Blake Layton)
Filed Under: Family, Children and Parenting, Healthy Homes Initiative, Health, Insects-Human Pests February 15, 2017

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Housecleaning and decluttering efforts can go a long way in preventing home-invading bed bugs from setting up residence where they can feed at night on human hosts.

Bed bugs are nuisance pests that often live, as their name suggests, in beds. Once the bugs are introduced into a home, their extermination requires professional services. The Mississippi State University Extension Service, through the Healthy Homes Initiative, is equipping residents with the knowledge to keep this problem out of their houses.

Residents of homes at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning should invest in alarms that can detect the odorless, toxic gas. Chimneys, gas appliances and other sources can produce carbon monoxide. (Photo by MSU Extension Service/Linda Breazeale)
Filed Under: Family, Healthy Homes Initiative, Health February 7, 2017

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Most bill payers are keenly aware of the importance of energy efficiency, but a new initiative is placing similar emphasis on environmental concerns.

David Buys, health specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said weatherization focuses on reducing energy bills and increasing comfort, but families need a more comprehensive approach to home improvements.

Filed Under: Family, Healthy Homes Initiative, Health December 14, 2016

RAYMOND, Miss. -- When the new year rolls around, people often resolve to focus on personal fitness goals, but it is a great time to make sure homes are healthy as well.

"There are a lot of hazards our homes can pose that could be harmful to our health," said David Buys, health specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service. "Some of these hazards give no warning signs."

Carbon monoxide, lead and radon are odorless, invisible contaminants that can cause serious health problems and even death if left unchecked.

Filed Under: Family, Healthy Homes Initiative, Health November 10, 2016

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- All the good smells of the holidays brought into the house by candles, cooking, live greenery and holiday plants can contribute to poor indoor air quality.

David Buys, health specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said indoor air quality affects human health in several ways.

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Contacts

Extension Associate I

Your Extension Experts

Asst Extension/Research Prof
State Health Specialist
Area Extension Agent IV
Area Family Resource Management Agent for Coastal Region Counties