June is National Healthy Homes Month


This month marks the second National Healthy Homes Month, a public awareness campaign about potentially adverse health effects resulting from poor indoor air quality and other hazards. The theme of this year's campaign, Everyone Deserves a Safe and Healthy Home, highlights the fact that there are federal and local resources available to all residents, regardless of where they live.

Common contributing factors to air quality issues include inadequate or poorly maintained ventilation systems as well as exposure to hazardous pollutants such as radon, chemicals and smoke. Other toxins to consider when assessing a home environment's impact on health include mold, asbestos and lead paint. Recently, homeowners have complained about off-gassing of building products, including flooring, paint and spray foam insulation. Often the odor threshold for materials such as these is much lower than the "hazardous" concentration. Remember the age-old maxim: "The dose makes the poison." Primary focus should be on controlling the source of a potential toxin, while ventilation is useful as a secondary approach.

Representing clients in toxic tort, indoor air quality and environmental claims is one of Governo Law Firm's core practice areas. David Governo currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Healthy Housing Solutions, a subsidiary of the National Center for Healthy Housing. If you would like to learn more, please contact Mr. Governo at 617.737.9047 or [email protected].