University of Maryland Extension

Healthy & Safe Environments

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Keeping Green

Working to constantly reduce your carbon footprint will create a healthier living space. Simple daily habits can conserve energy and natural resources. Quick tips to keep your home green: 1. Turn off lights when leaving a room. 2. Take showers instead of baths when you can, and limit your time in...

Keeping Maintained

Investing in up to date appliances and safety features is a good start to keeping your home maintained. Making sure everything is working can protect you from moisture and pest problems, structural damage, and spending extra time and money on repairs that could have been prevented. Quick tips to...

Keeping Contaminant-Free

Many homes are most unfamiliar with contaminants and their effects. Radon, lead paint, asbestos, tobacco smoke, carbon monoxide, mercury, pesticides, and household chemicals are among the most common and harmful contaminants. Quick tips to controlling contaminants: Radon - The only way to know if...

Keeping Safe

Accidents are easily avoidable. The leading cause of an unintentional death at home is falling, which The Centers for Disease Control estimates costs $34 billion a year associated with falls for people age 65. Accidental poisoning, choking, drowning and fire are also main causes of accidental...

Keeping Pest-Free

Bugs, rodents, and other pests can cause more harm to your home than you would think. Exposure to pests, like mice and cockroaches, can be related to asthma, and using pesticides can just cause further problems. No one wants pests in their home, so make sure your house less inviting. Quick tips to...

Keeping Ventilated

It's easy to overlook indoor air quality. Your home should filter and circulate clean, fresh air to promote better respiratory health. Proper ventilation can reduce your exposure to allergens, mold, carbon monoxide, and more. Quick tips to keep your home well-ventilated: Use kitchen and bath...

Keeping Clean

As soon as you walk through your door you begin tracking dirt into the house. Your shoes could be bringing in lead dust, pollen, pesticides, insect fragments, and many more contaminants. The first four steps you take inside bring in close to 85% of the outdoor contaminants found indoors. A clean...

Keeping Dry

A wet and warm environment welcomes pests and mold, which means it's important to keep moisture out. Not only could moisture and mold cause structural damage but also respiratory illness. Keeping your home dry will help prevent these problems and provide a safe, clean environment for you and your...

Safety Measures

Preventative measures can steer your family clear of health hazards. Your home is meant to support and protect your family's health. Promotive positive health and safety by making sure your home is always well kept in these ways. Keep your home... Dry Clean Ventilated Pest-Free Safe Contaminant-...

Private Well Owners Can Have Water Tested in Upcoming Water Clinics

A water testing and education program on private wells and drinking water quality is being offered by the University of Maryland Extension to Harford County residents beginning on May 9, 2015. Participants can have their water tested for a variety of biological and environmental parameters, learn...

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