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11 Tips for a healthier home by Lisa Waananen and Chris Bovey

FIREPLACE

TOYS

Imported toys occasionally contain lead. Also be careful with family heirlooms and antiques.

Fireplaces are a major source of indoor pollution if not vented properly to the outdoors.

STOVE

Cooking food is a huge source of indoor air pollution, especially with gas stoves. Always turn on the range hood.

ASBESTOS

Asbestos was commonly used in home construction. Make sure it is not disturbed or damaged.

LEAD-BASED PAINT

Almost every home built before 1940 has leadbased paint somewhere. Make sure it’s not flaking or turning to dust.

PROJECTS

Be mindful of hobbies like welding, furniture refinishing and gardening. Wash contaminated clothing separately.

RADON

The Inland Northwest is known for having high levels of radon. Test the basement, where concentrations are highest.

CLEANING SUPPLIES

Use environmentally friendly and non-toxic cleaning supplies to keep caustic chemicals out of your home. Turn on a fan or open a window while cleaning.

SOIL

Watch for soil contaminants, like lead paint flaking off from the house. Don’t grow vegetables in suspect soil.

MOLD SINK

Water from a private well should be tested annually for bacteria, heavy metals and other contaminants.

Watch for leaks and condensation, which can make an inviting environment for mold.

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