Parents & Caregivers

Welcome to the online home for the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative. Here you will find the latest information on how to create a home that is safe and healthy for your entire family, from the littlest ones to the more senior members.

This website will equip you with the tools to address home health and safety hazards that may put you or your family members at risk for illnesses such as asthma and lead poisoning, and injuries caused by slips and falls. For more information on what it takes to create a home free of hazards, visit our section “What is a Green & Healthy Home?”

Live Smart

First, we invite you to take our online quiz to evaluate possible hazards in your home and find out the steps that you can take to make your home healthy.

Once you’ve taken the quiz, you might want a handy tool to easily keep track of how to ensure that your home is safe and free from hazards. Our 8 Elements to a Green & Healthy Home one-page guide is the way to go. You can post it on your fridge next to your child’s artwork to provide all the members of your family quick tips to maintain a clean, green, safe and healthy home.

Things that might make your home unsafe include: lead paint hazards, water intrusion, injury and safety risks, pests, heating, plumbing, and electrical deficiencies. These hazards increase the risk for illnesses and injuries. Read more about these hazards in our Lead and Other Hazards section.

Work Smart

Home renovation and do-it-yourself television programs inspire the weekend warriors in many people. Do-it-Yourselfers, as they are called, tackle home renovation projects, either for fun or to save costs. Whatever the reason, it’s important to approach any renovation project, whether large or small, with the mindset to put safety first and keep lead dust at bay. Visit the EPA’s website for safeguards to undertake to prevent lead dust from spreading throughout your home during the project.

Considering hiring a professional?  Download the EPA’s Lead Safe Certified Guide to Renovate Right pamphlet.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, “Although the Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule does not apply to homeowners renovating, repairing, or painting their own homes, do-it-yourself projects can easily create dangerous lead dust. Protect your family and home – set up safely, control the dust, and clean up completely.”

Ask the Experts

Do you have a specific question about how to make your home healthier and safer? Submit your healthy housing question via our Ask the Experts section and a GHHI team member will respond.

For general questions or more specific inquiries as to how we may help you achieve a green and healthy home, contact us.

Are you a parent or caregiver that lives in Maryland?

Then you might be interested in learning more about services we offer residents. GHHI provides a comprehensive set of direct services to ensure that families, seniors, property owners, tenants and other stakeholders can efficiently address issues that undermine the health, energy efficiency and safety of their home environment. For more information, call us at 410-534-6447 or send an e-mail to marylandprograms@ghhi.org. You can also learn more about Maryland Direct Services here.

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