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What is a healthy home?
 

Healthy homes are warm, dry, uncrowded and smoke free.

If your house is ‘unhealthy’  you and your whanau are more likely to get sick with:

  • Chest infections

  • Bronchiolitis

  • Pneumonia

  • Strep throat

  • Rheumatic fever (which can cause permanent heart damage)

 

Is your home healthy?
 

Your home may be not good for your and your whanau’s health if:

  • It is very cold in winter and difficult to heat

  • The family sleep together in the same room to keep warm in the winter

  • Children share a bed or there are more than 2 people in a bedroom

  • You use an unflued gas heater

  • Water drips down the windows or walls

  • There is a damp or musty smell

  • There is mould (black dots) on the wall or ceiling

  • There are gaps in the windows or doors that let wind through

  • People smoke inside
     

Key tips for a warmer, drier home
 

The information below provides key tips on how to create a warmer, drier home.

 

More about housing
 

 

Get assistance from Work and Income
 

Some families may be able to get help from Work and Income to keep your home warm and healthy, or if your children are unwell.

Last modified: 22 Mar 2017
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