A healthy lifestyle is important, a big part of that is a healthy home.
Houzz released a Healthy Home Study outlining what is important to homeowners and how they rated there homes safety.
- Over 60% of homeowners rate their homes as healthy, yet more than a quarter are uncertain of major health hazards indoors or outside
- Baby Boomers and Gen Xers are more critical of their homes’ health than Millennials
- Homes are perceived to be healthier if built more recently, have no allergens or mold, limited instances of insects and rodents, and more light
- Moisture, air quality, and cleanliness top the list of indoor concerns while air quality, grounds safety and soil quality worry homeowners outside
- Prevalence of health-promoting and safety systems like carbon monoxide detectors are limited in all homes
- Preventing health problems remains a motivation for renovations for over 40% of homeowners
More than 70% of those surveyed expressed minimizing exposure to chemicals and germs is very important for supporting overall home health. Comfort rated the highest with security and wholesome food/diet round out the top five health factors.
Here is a list of potential risk factors to keep in mind
- Dust mites Mold/mildew/rot
- Contaminants in drinking water
- Exhaust from gas-burning appliances
- Excessive dust or pet dander
There are numerous hidden dangers and items to be concerned with. Here are additional resources to learn more about what to take into consideration.
To your health and safety!
The summer solstice is today, June 21, 2019, for anyone who is north of the equator.
It is the longest day of the year and marks the first day of summer.
To celebrate this special event, the Santa Barbara Solstice Parade and Celebration is being held June 21st, 22nd, & 23rd.
The parade itself is held on Saturday, June 22nd and starts promptly at 12:00 noon beginning at Cota and State Street in downtown Santa Barbara.
It will work its way up State Street to Alameda Park where the celebration continues throughout the weekend.
This parade began back in 1974 as a birthday celebration and is the largest arts event in Santa Barbara County, which draws over 100,000 spectators from all over.
There is like nothing you’ve ever seen before, unless you’ve been, of course, then, you know what it’s all about.
You can expect to see a creative display of floats, giant puppets, unique costumes and masks, Brazilian dancers and various performing groups with up to a 1,000 parade participants from children to adults.
As for the festival, it is a celebration where everyone will enjoy live music, dancing, DJ playing, a large drum circle, food, arts and crafts, with a free festival for children.
The parade and festival have something for everyone and is sure to please your senses. It is a fun-filled weekend for all to enjoy!
This year is the 45th Summer Solstice Celebration and the theme is “Wonder”.
For more information and details about the event, please visit The Santa Barbara Summer Solstice Celebration website at www.solsticeparade.com
Hope to see you out there!