Healthy Housing

The National Center for Healthy Housing defines the principles of a healthy home as dry, clean, pest-free, ventilated, safe, contaminant-free, maintained, thermally controlled, accessible and affordable. Routt County Public Health focused its Public Health Improvement Plan on a few key principles of healthy housing including safety, contaminate-free, accessibility and affordability. 

Please click here to review the 2022 Healthy Housing Fact Sheet for Colorado from the National Center for Healthy Housing.

Lead: Information and Resources

Lead is a type of metal that is found naturally on Earth. Lead is in all parts of our environment -- the air, the soil, and our homes. While it has some beneficial uses, lead is toxic to humans. It can get into our bodies when we breathe in or swallow something that has lead in it or on it. Lead can affect almost every organ system, but the main concern is the nervous system. Children under age 3 and pregnant people are at highest risk of health impacts from lead. 

The good news? Lead poisoning is preventable. 

Radon: Information and Resources 

Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers in the United States and is responsible for approximately 500 lung cancer deaths annually in Colorado. It is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that comes from the breakdown of uranium in the soil. Radon can enter your home from the soil beneath it.