Healthy Homes Program

Help Yourself to a Healthy Home

The Healthy Homes Program can help you protect you and your children from household dangers. The program is for eligible residents in Richland County.

Areas of Focus

  • Lead poisoning prevention
  • Asthma and alergy control
  • Hazardous product storage
  • Indoor air quality
  • Mold
  • Pests and pesticides
  • Creating a safe home



  • Phone consultations
  • Free lead testing for children 6 months to 6 years old (through the Public Health Clinic)
  • Information on asthma triggers and other household dangers
  • Free HEPA vacuum loan for lead hazard cleanup (deposit required)
  • Presentations to Richland County community organizations, neighborhood associations, day care centers and schools
  • Displays of healthy home educational information at fairs and
    special events
  • Referrals to services for landlords, tenants and homeowners

A Partner with the Ohio Healthy Homes Initiative

Call us for a telephone assessment to find out what information and services are right for you: 419-774-4520.

Indoor Air Quality

Things to Consider

Each year, homes are where nearly 21 million family members suffer injuries that could have been prevented. The three most common causes of home injuries: falls, poisoning, fire and burns. Some of the most serious health problems for children start at home. It’s a fact that most people spend 90% of their time indoors so Indoor Air Quality has become an increasingly important topic.

The air inside your home can be more harmful to your family’s health than the air outdoors. Air can be unhealthy if it has too many pollutants. Indoor air pollutants can be a lot of things — from oven cleaner to cigarette smoke to mold. It is not always easy to tell if your home has unhealthy air. You may notice bad smells or see smoke, but you cannot see or smell other dangers, like carbon monoxide and radon.

Mold & Moisture

Too much dampness causes mold to grow. Some mold is very harmful and can make allergies and asthma worse.

Asthma & Allergies

Does someone you live with smoke? Do you have pets? Is your basement damp? The number of children with asthma has doubled in the past 10 years and one in 15 children under 18 years of age has asthma.


Can your children be poisoned by lead in your home? Some house paint and water pipes contain lead. This metal, even in small amounts, can poison your children. One in 40 American children has too much lead in his/her body. For more information on testing for lead, call 419-774-4520.

Hazardous Household Products

Common chemicals like bleach, rat poison, paint strippers and drain cleaners can be dangerous. Children can poison themselves if they get into products like these. Even small amounts of some products can cause health problems if you breathe them in. Remember — if you spray or pump something, it goes right into the air. When you or a member of the household breathes, those chemicals go into your bodies. Thousands of children die each year from chemicals stored and used improperly in the home.

Carbon Monoxide

If they are not working right, ovens and heaters may cause a deadly gas called carbon monoxide. You cannot see or smell this danger.

Home Safety

Did you know your chances of getting hurt at home are much higher than they are at work or school? The leading causes of death in the home are falls, drowning, fires, poisoning, suffocation, choking, and guns. Very young children and older adults are the most likely to get hurt at home.

Drinking Water

Do you know if your drinking water is safe? If your water comes from your own well, you need to make sure it is safe to drink. 95% of people living in rural areas use private wells for their drinking water. For information on well water testing, call 419-774-4520.


Almost every household uses pesticides. Bug spray, flea powder, and garden weed killer are all types of pesticides. They may cause serious health problems — poisoning, birth defects, nerve damage, and even cancer. Nearly one-half of households with a child under age five don’t store pesticides away from children.

Questions or Comments

We'd love to hear from you. Contact us or take our survey to speak to one of our public health professionals or share your experience with our services. We value your feedback!