Healthy Homes Overview
In the Healthy Homes Overview session, you will learn background information and the principles of healthy housing. You also will learn about issues that affect home occupants and how to conduct a home assessment.
Indoor Air Quality Overview
In the Indoor Air Quality Overview session, you will learn about the causes of poor indoor air quality and how to detect and correct indoor air pollutants.
In the Radon session, you will learn where radon comes from, its health risks to home occupants, and methods to detect and mitigate radon's entry into homes.
Asthma & Allergies
In the Asthma & Allergies session, you will learn about asthma and how to identify and prevent asthma and allergy triggers in the home environment.
Mold & Moisture Control
In the Mold & Moisture Control session, you will get a basic overview of mold and home moisture control concepts and methods.
Carbon Monoxide & Other Combustion Gases
In the Carbon Monoxide & Other Combustion Gases session, you will learn general information about the dangers of carbon monoxide and other combustion gases found in homes. You also will learn about detection and routine inspection methods required to keep families safe.
In the Lead session, you will learn about the health risks, screening guidelines, testing procedures, and preventability of childhood lead poisoning.
In the Drinking Water session, you will learn the basics of private well water testing and protection. This session gives an overview of on-site waste (septic) systems and best management practices.
In the Home Safety session, you will learn action steps to reduce safety hazards in the home.
Hazardous Household Products
In the Hazardous Household Products session, you will learn about commonly used household products that can be hazardous to home occupants' health. You will learn how to use these products safely or choose safer products.
Integrated Pest Management
In the Integrated Pest Management session, you will gain general knowledge of what pest management is and how it relates to creating a healthy home.
In the Home Energy session, you will learn to address healthy home concerns by making energy-efficient improvements. This lesson addresses weatherization activities and the potentially negative impact they can have on occupants' health if done improperly.
By Jessica Smith
MSU Extension Service
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- The Mississippi State University Extension Service is celebrating National Healthy Homes Month by equipping Mississippians with knowledge to solve housing challenges.
The month-long celebration, coordinated by MSU Extension's Healthy Homes Initiative, provides opportunities to engage in local activities and empowers families to protect themselves from hazards in their homes.
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Spring has begun, and while that means warmer weather and blooming flowers, it may mean more pests infiltrating your home.
David Buys, health specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, explained the importance of integrated pest management and the steps that make up the IPM process. He said IPM focuses on common-sense activities around the house, with an emphasis on environmentally friendly and affordable practices over regular application of insecticide.
RAYMOND, Miss. -- As spring blooms outdoors, many people with allergies take refuge inside their homes, but indoor air pollutants can trigger allergic reactions, as well.
"Dust, pollen, cockroaches, pet dander, dust mites, and mold and mildew found inside homes can trigger allergy and asthma symptoms for many people," said David Buys, health specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service. "Make routine cleaning a priority to help control these pollutants."
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.
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.